Catholics Returning Home is a six week program that can be offered 2 or 3 times a year by a parish to welcome Catholics home.
Designed as an entry point for returning Catholics, the emphasis in the sessions is about making them feel welcome, accepted and comfortable in rejoining the faith community and participating in its sacramental life.
Week 1: Welcome, Overview, Sharing of Stories
Week 2: Returning Catholics – Why they leave? Why they return? Discussion & Sharing
Week 3: The Church Today -Changes since Vatican II
Week 4: Walking through the Mass
Week 5: Explanation of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Week 6: Not the End but the Beginning -The Creed: What Catholics Believe
Who can run the Program?
A small team of 2-3 people who have a heart of compassion and mercy and a non-judgmental attitude towards others can run such a program. Those who have been returning Catholics themselves or have experienced the marriage annulment process are ideally suited to such a ministry.
It is not necessary that team members are theologically trained, but rather have a gentle, listening spirit that is welcoming and affirming of others. The book “Inviting Catholics Home” by Sally Mews and a supporting team training video / dvd and resource kit provide all the necessary input for this program.
If this is a resource that you are interested in for your parish, please contact us so that we can provide you with further information and discuss any of your parish’s particular needs.