The resources below are programs for parishes. If you are interested in a program please click on their website for more information.
CATHOLICS REACHING OUT Catholics Returning Home is a Paulist ministry which provides step by step tools for reaching out to inactive Catholics. The kit provides all that is needed to begin this ministry in the parish. Contact: www.pncea.org
CATHOLICS RETURNING HOME Catholics Returning Home (CRH) is a parish based program designed to reach-out and invite non-practicing/inactive Catholics to return “Home to the Catholic Church” and resume active practice of their faith. The six-week series is repeated three times per year. The program is a proven, step-by-step method that is ready to use. Just follow the instructions in the “how to” book “Inviting Catholics Home” and insert the parish name and specific information into the support materials. Contact: Sally Mews 847-855-0629
COME HOME PROGRAM – A New York Franciscian Ministry The New York Franciscan Pastoral Plan was born long before ads were actually placed in New York and New Jersey newspapers. What does the pastoral plan offer to those who might come in dialogue? What does it mean for inactive Catholics to "Come Home," and what are they coming to do? This is not an easy dialogue, and it reaches an intense level of sharing that can become emotional and theological. Contact: Contact: Fr. Flavian Walsh, OFM Fr. Ronald Stark, OFM
INVITE Invite is a Paulist ministry which relies on a parish community that is committed to inviting those who are not active in any church or religious tradition to come to know Christ and the Catholic faith. Contact: www.pncea.org
LANDINGS A comprehensive Paulist approach to welcome returning Catholics. It is a proven process designed to welcome those who for whatever reason have become inactive in the exercise of their faith. This ten-week ministry of reconciliation evangelizes active Catholics who help welcome back inactive Catholics. Contact: Joan Horn, National Coordinator 512-452-7566 Landings International firstname.lastname@example.org 3311 Big Bend, Austin, TX 78731 www.landings-international.org
TAKE ANOTHER LOOK A program of welcome for marginal, inactive and alienated Catholics. At its center, the experience of groups for alienated Catholics is an expanded celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation. The hope is that through this healing, re-initiation into the community of faith, worship, and service, the celebration of the sacrament will be possible. Contact : Karen Miller 510-846-4489
LAMP (Lay Apostolic Ministries with the Poor) MINISTRIES LAMP Ministries is a Catholic lay missionary association, comprised of people who serve among the materially poor, and focus on evangelization. People commit to being a minister for at least one year, or preferably two. Contact: 718-409-5062 e-mail: www.lampministries.org
DOOR TO DOOR HOME VISITATION – Archdiocese of Philadelphia Moved by the words of Pope John Paul II regarding evangelization, this outreach gives people an avenue to practice their call to mission. It is open to families as well as youth. The outreach also demonstrates to children the need to act on their faith by being involved in community and giving back to God what He has blessed us with – our Catholic faith. Contact: 215-587-0504 email@example.com Office for Formation of the Laity Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Once Catholic via Internet- This Franciscan Friars program, at St. Anthony Messenger, seeks to help people reconnect with a local Catholic faith community. www.OnceCatholic.org does this by offering: information, opportunities for interaction with others, personal responses and referral to "Come Home" programs within the Catholic Church in the US. Eight chat rooms offers a cyber but personal connection with a "companion," a pastoral minister in the Church. The eight areas are: marriage issues, not being fed spiritually, just drifted away, quarrel with a Church representative, feeling excluded from the Church, abortion and or post-abortion issues, difficulty with a Church teaching and an general area where those not represented above can add their own story or issue.