Do you know someone who has left the Church? Most of us do not have to look very far to find non-practicing Catholics in our circle of family and friends. Many of us are concerned about these loved ones, but we don’t know how to help them. Obviously, most of them are searching, but how can we help them find their way home?
As baptized, practicing Catholics, we have a precious gift of faith and love from the Lord that needs to be shared with our non-practicing brothers and sisters. First we need to pray for them. Next, we need to extend a personal invitation to them to come home to the Catholic Church. Most non-practicing Catholics are waiting for an invitation to return. Many think they are excommunicated and are not welcome for a variety of reasons.
Many non-practicing Catholics carry with them a tremendous amount of guilt and misinformation about the Church and are afraid of approaching the Church for fear of being rejected. You can make a tremendous difference in someone’s life by simply reaching out to them and telling them that we miss them and would like them to come back home to our Church family.
“Catholics Returning Home” is a program to help non-practicing Catholics return to the Church. We will begin a new session on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 7:00pm in the McCann Center. Please pass this information to anyone who might be interested. For more information, contact Deacon Dan Goetz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 641-792-2050.