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.

St. John of the Cross Church offers an onsite program, Catholics Returning Home, which helps inactive Catholics to decide if they want to become more active. Catholics Returning Home is one of twelve model programs listed in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) directory “A Time to Listen…A Time to Heal.” The program is used throughout the US and other countries.  Catholics Returning Home sessions provide information on the basics of Catholicism in an informal atmosphere.  Topics of the six sessions are:

 
  • Session #1 – Welcome and Overview of the Series; Sharing by Team and Participants

  • Session #2 – Stories of Faith from Catholics Returning Home DVD, Sharing, Q&A

  • Session #3 – The Church Today: Changes Since Vatican II, Segment of The Faithful Revolution: Vatican II DVD, Q&A

 

  • Session #4 – Explanation of the Mass, What Catholics Believe About Mass DVD, Q&A

  • Session #5 – Explanation of Reconciliation/Confession, What Catholics Believe About Reconciliation DVD, Q&A

  • Session #6 – The Creed: What Catholics Believe, Segment of I Believe, The Heart of Catholic Faith DVD, Q&A, Wrap-up

 

To learn more about this program, contact the parish office at 772-563-0057.

A second program, Catholics Come Home, is available online.

 

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.

Learn more

 

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