Many of us know of family and friends who have drifted away from the Church. The great majority of those who leave do not leave because of a disagreement over church teaching. The initial separation is most often caused simply by the busyness of life. And many do want to return, but they feel embarrassed, and wonder if they were really ever missed. In fact, the reason most often reported by those who choose to return is simply, “I was asked”. Who do you know that has simply drifted away? Who might be waiting to hear that invitation from you?
This Christmas Season we will have an opportunity to let the hope of Christmas shine bright. Each parish will be equipped to welcome Catholics who come home. The Office for Evangelization and Parish Life, will organize our preparations. And these preparations will start with a workshop led by Sr. Louise Alff OSF, entitled “When They Come Back, What Makes Them Stay”, which will be held on October 24-25 at Christ the King Seminary.
Please review the materials below and join us in praying for the success of this campaign to welcome Catholics home whenever they return.
Best Parish Practices
Parish Planning Guide
Good Worship Starts with Good Welcome
Best Ways to Welcome
What Newcomers See When They Come to Your Church
Hospitality - A Quick Course with Fr. Eduardo Montemayor
Support for Catholics Living with Divorce
Always Our Children - to Parents of Homosexual Children
with Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers
Church Teaching regarding Divorce
Resources for Faithful Parenting
Challenges and Marriage Difficulties
Now Anyone Can Evangelize Online
So why don’t more Catholics evangelize? That’s easy – fear. Most of us are afraid of rejection or we fear being asked a question for which we lack a good answer. But now we can learn to evangelize online with little or no intimidation. In one way, evangelization has never been easier. The internet is the perfect place to gain courage for one's convictions.
So, what good news motivates you? Let’s recall that the word “evangelization” simply means “sharing really good news”. Good news makes us grateful. Think about it. When we come across a great doctor, a good book, a thrilling movie or delicious food, we are happy to share our good fortune with others. And many already do so through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. It is the same with evangelization. Has God ever done anything for you? How do you cope with difficulty? What gives you hope or brings you joy? When were you most grateful for the guidance of the Spirit in your life? Were you ever glad to be Catholic? If you can answer any of these questions, you are ready to share your own version of the Good News online. Read more...
Refer Friends to the Faith!
it might be as easy as: 1. Send one of these links to them, 2. Wait a week or so. 3. Ask them about their visit to the website. 4. Invite them to join you for a cup of coffee to discuss it or to accompany you to a church event.
Catholics Come Home offers personalized doorways for anyone interested in the Catholic Church. It is filled with energetic videos and action links.
Rediscover provides vibrant and powerful messages for all spiritual seekers on meaning, belonging, strength and peace. And it is filled with a host of other topics and resources as well.
What Else Can Catholics Do?
Grow in faith, give witness to faith, share faith and be transformed in faith...
Explore the Spiritual Riches of Lent
Bless the Home
Bendiciòn de Hogar
Pray the Daily Readings
Pray as You Go (Podcast)
View a Daily Video Reflection
Pray the Morning Office (video)
Digest Church Teaching in Daily Doses
Follow the Blog of Bishop Richard J. Malone
Listen to Lighthouse Catholic Media Messages
What Else Can a Parish Do?
Parish Bucket List
Bless the Bicycles
Easter - an Ancient Opportunity for a New Evangelization
Connect, Welcome and Engage Catholics
Pray with the Parish - A Homegrown Lenten Prayer Book (Sample)
DIY Lenten Prayer Book (Instructions) contact us for an editable version
Support Vibrant Faith at Home
Equip Catholic and Confident
Host a God Awaits Us... in Our Stories Parish Retreat
Conduct a Parish Vitality Assessment
Open Doors, Minds, and Hearts for People with Disabilities
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