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Catholics Come Home

 

The Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination in the United States, accounting for about 25 percent of the country’s population.

The Church continues to grow and many people have chosen to convert to Catholicism. The Church is a vibrant, active community of believers which continues to have a positive influence on the lives of many people. However, there are people who for one reason or another have stopped actively participating in the Church and attending Mass. We live in a busy culture and society. There are many demands that are placed on us. Yet people are searching for a deeper sense of meaning, for a closer relationship with God, and for a more authentic spiritual identity.

Since the Church is a family, we miss those Catholics who may have left the Church or who have stopped participating in its vibrant liturgy and sacramental life. Perhaps you or someone you know are in this situation and do not know how to come back or how to become active again. The first thing you need to know is that you are always welcome back. The Church misses you and hopes that you will choose to come home as an active member.

Catholics Come Home is a resource we recoomend for your exploration, and is a non-profit, independent charity whose purpose is to invite inactive Catholics, and others searching for a faith home, to the Catholic faith. Their informative and interactive website helps to answer questions about Church teachings and gives an overview of the Catholic faith. Some of its founders and supporters recently returned to the Catholic faith and want to share their positive experiences with others. Many never left the Church, but recently grew to understand and appreciate their Catholic faith more deeply. All feel part of a big Catholic family, who sincerely hope others will also find more peace, real answers, and true happiness through the gift of faith.

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Understanding Why Catholics Leave

 

Many Catholics have children, grandchildren, relatives or friends leave the Church, and they struggle to understand and know how they can help reconcile that relationship.  Here is a great video from Fr. Robert Barron that might add in understanding why Catholics leave.  

 

Rediscover Your Faith

If you are a Catholic who has left the active practice of faith, and yearns to reconnect, or is seeking answers to faith questions, we would love to help you on your faith journey!  Here are some resources for you:  http://rediscover.archspm.org/.  Use this page to help you find meaning, explore what it means to belong, find resources that can help you find strength, freedom and peace, and explore ways to strengthen your prayer. If you would like a free copy of the book Rediscover Catholicism, contact the parish office or email Oralia.  If you would like to be part of a small faith group exploring these questions of returning to active practice of your faith, contact Deacon Bill and Gina Burns

 

 

Please feel free to explore any questions you may have about the Catholic Church or how you can return to an active participation in the Church by visiting the Catholics Come Home website.

 

At St. John's Cathedral, we can help you with your journey to active participation in the Church.  As you explore your faith, we have adult formation opportunities, retreats and other offerings to help you fall in love with your faith all over again.  We also have a specific Returning Catholics program that can help by answering questions or struggling with issues that may have kept you away, or prevented your return.  Click here for a brochure that explains this process. 

Visit this link for valuable resources and personal witness testimonies about living a committed Christian life:

 http://www.catholicscomehome.org

Click here to review Eight Reasons to Reconnect with Your Catholic Faith.

Click here to explore more about the stories of those who were Once Catholic, and seek to find their home again.  You may find many helpful things about your own faith journey that will help you as you search.  

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