An invitation to return to church
Do you feel a stirring?
Of wanting to find something missing in life that may be found in God, Faith, Religion, Church?
Sometimes rapid changes in the world around us leave us struggling to understand the meaning of our own lives. It can leave us feeling unfulfilled. Then there may also be the demands, and our need to focus on career and family that left us little time to dwell on God. For others, it could have been a prolonged experience of suffering that left us only to doubt God.
“While we probably had 101 reasons why we left the Church sometime ago, they are unimportant in the face of something stirring in us as we ponder. Should I consider returning?”
Well, this is an invitation for you to come back.
Is there a right time to return?
The time is always ‘right’, the moment is always ‘now’.
We may not feel ready or prepared; we may be hesitant or even fearful of rejection. We may think that we may never fit back in, or perhaps our ‘unaccountable feelings of guilt or unworthiness’ may hold us back.
Christ holds out his hands to welcome you; there is no longer a need to feel this way. This invitation is for you; for who you are today, not tomorrow.
“I want to go back to church, but I am afraid… it has been so long.”
“I am not sure what I believe… will I be judged?”
“I am not a perfect Catholic, am I good enough for others to accept me?”
Offering returning Catholics a safe space to land
At Landings, we form small groups who meet for two-hour sessions for 10 weeks. Here is where we share and reflect on our faith that centers on Jesus and our Church teachings. Personal sharing is encouraged but not enforced.
Each group listens respectfully and without judgement to one another’s faith story, viewing the gift of each story as a privilege and as something uniquely personal and sacred. Listeners are bound by strict confidentiality to promote sharing.
Landings knows not to ‘fix’ problems. Those with particular problems are invited to consult with specialised professionals – counsellors, priests, religious – who can help with specific needs.
At the End:
The 10-week sessions end with a retreat, followed by a celebration of Mass.
Know that at every step of the way, it is Jesus who calls,
we who respond – to Him, to one another, to ourselves.
Coming back is a process
You do not need a course or a programme but a ‘time period’ where we can explore the stirring in our hearts. It is a time to…
find that God is indeed relevant in our lives today
discover that God has been active in our personal lives
re-establish a personal relationship with Him
be amazed that even though we left God, God never left us
It is a time to come home