Item description for Inviting Catholics Home: A Parish Program by Sally Mews...
Overview This book is about "Catholics Returning Home," a six-week support program aimed to help Catholics return to the Church. The program's non-judgmental approach is designed to recognize each participant's feelings and help each to understand they are not alone. Program activities, suggestions for publicizing the program and recommendations for follow-up make this an effective evangelization resource.
Publishers Description Why do people leave the Church? A bad experience, loss of interest, anger, misunderstanding -- the list could be a long one. Once out of the Church, why do people feel the need to come back? Illness, death, good fortune, personal crisis -- again, it could be a long list. But how do you come back? For some people this is a real problem -- they don't know how to come back to the Church.This book is about Catholics Returning Home, a six-week support program that is aimed at helping Catholics return to the Church. The program uses a non-judgmental approach that is designed to recognize the feelings of each participant, and to help each participant understand that they are not alone. Program activities point out shared experiences and help participants to view old problems in a new light. Although Catholics Returning Home is presented as a lay team outreach ministry to non-practicing Catholics, the program encourages clergy participation especially in the area of the changes brought about by Vatican II. Suggestions for publicizing the program and recommendations for follow-up with program participants combine to make Inviting Catholics Home an effective evangelization resource.This program allows you to take part in one of the most rewarding ministries in the Church today, a ministry of reconciliation and healing, a ministry that begins by Inviting Catholics Home.
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Outstanding Invitation Jun 10, 2003
Sally Mews has drawn from her own life's experiences to compassionately outline an invitation to come home to God. There are as many reasons for having left the Church as there are people who have pained through them. Ms. Mews makes the reader aware of the need for empathy and understanding when reaching out to those who have been sidetracked on their spiritual journey. Definitely a must read for anyone working within a parish setting!