1. What is the number one reason for people to return to the Catholic
The hunger for the
Holy Eucharist is the number one reason that people come back to the Catholic
2. What are the first steps to coming back to the Catholic Church? To whom
do I go?
- Just attend Mass. Go with Someone you know.
often to God in prayer. Just use your own words and listen for His response.
someone to talk to. It could be a priest, deacon, sister, brother or many
insightful and holy family members, friends or co-workers.
Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great source of direction and consolation.
3. Besides praying for them, how can I bring my family back to church?
a warm, loving relationship while making known your disappointment.
- Avoid anger. Remember God loves them and is working on their hearts.
- Proceed with caution when giving them responses. Be sure of your knowledge and
facts or refer them to someone who can guide them.
can’t force or demand that they come back…pressure is not the answer.
- You can enable the person to reconnect with God’s help. Be
patient and allow the Holy Spirit to work in them and their circumstances.
4. How do I get information about an annulment?
Annulment brochures are available that should answer most questions. One who is
seeking further information about an annulment should approach his or her parish
priest or call the tribunal office in Ogdensburg, 315-393-2920, for an
appointment. From time to time, the Tribunal offers workshops in the parishes
to provide more information on the workings of the Tribunal and to offer
5. How much does it cost to get an annulment?
the Diocese of Ogdensburg, if a formal annulment is granted, the fee is $400.00.
6. How can we help young children to become a part of the church community?
- There may be what is usually called a Children’s Liturgy or Children’s Mass with
young children taking age appropriate roles.
- There is also a Children’s Liturgy of the Word in which very young (pre-school &
primary) are dismissed to a place where the scripture reading and brief talk are
geared to them. Since this age group is usually pre-first communion, they may
stay until Mass is ended and rejoin their parents.
- There is also much encouragement given to parents to sit in church in places
where children can see more of what’s going on. Many priests are quick to
invite children, even spontaneously, to do little things e.g. help give the sign
- Don’t hesitate to find other like minded parents and work together with your
pastor, deacon or pastoral associate in the parish. Remember, Liturgy is
“work”. A lot can happen if you put some effort into it