Returning Catholics

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 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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There are very few, is any, catholics who have not experienced questions or doubts about their faith. 

If you are feeling a call to find out more about your faith, you have come to the right place.  You may be a non-Catholic who has been joining us at Mass and would like to know more about what Catholics believe.  have you experienced an opportunity to explore your faith from an adult perspective?  You my be returning to the Church after a long absence or just want to learn more about your faith.  This ministry will allow you the opportunity to work through all the doubt/questions and deepen your commitment to the faith.

If you have questions, we have the answers or will find the answers.  Who are we?  our ministry is composed of lay and ordained Catholics who donate their time to help others address their faith questions, learn from each other as we take our faith journeys through life, especially here at St. Francis of Assisi.

The structure of this ministry is as follows:

  • During the initial session the participants will determine the various subjects to be covered in subsequent sessions.  You will plan the agenda!!
  • The number of sessions will be determined based on your needs
  • Each session will provide a discussion addressing your questions as well as an extended time for a questions/answer session.
  • Sessions will be on Sunday evening in the St. Francis Room and last not more than an hour and a half.
  • Everything discussed will be held in strict confidence.
  • There is no cost or donation required or expected for participating in this ministry.

Please contact the parish office at 630-759-7588 for the next starting date.  All are invited to participate and we look forward to meeting you as we all proceed on our faith journeys.

 


 

 

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.

Visit this link for valuable resources and personal witness testimonies about living a committed Christian life: http://www.catholicscomehome.org