Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Catholic Home Coming

St. Joan of Arc in Kokomo, IN will be beginning another Catholic home coming program soon. Here is a link to info about the program including schedule, contact info etc. If you have been away for a while, the program will give you an opportunity to ask questions. You will get a refresher on the sacramental Catholic life. And you will get a walk through the Mass. You won't need to feel self conscience because you haven't been to Mass in so long and you won't have to wonder “should I go to communion”. In other words, you are not expected to just walk in and pick up where you left off 10, 20, or 30 years ago.

Having been a “fallen away” Catholic myself, I think this is a great thing. I was away from the church for about 15 years. There was no formal program when I came home. But my children went to the local Catholic school and so I had somewhat of a connection. As students, they went to Mass twice a week and knew all of the “rules”. Even still, it was hard to go back. I can't imagine not having had my children to ease the transition. Without this and without a formal program, I don't know what would have happened. So I am very happy to see our parish is running this program.

I have no official part of the program. I have no official position to speak for the parish. I am but a parishioner who went through coming back on my own. I am just a man who has felt the call to come back to the church. It was uncomfortable and I thank God for giving me the grace to get through it

I just think this program is great and I wanted to share it. I'll go even further, if you are in Kokomo and want to come back to the church and having someone come with you to the program will make you more comfortable, contact me and I will be happy to come with you. If you are not in Kokomo and just having someone just to communicate with and help you get back to your own parish would be beneficial, contact me and I will do whatever I can to help you. It is that important.

Above all, during this time in particular, if you are a “fallen away” Catholic, know that the people and priests of St. Joan of Arc parish in the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana are praying for you!

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