Returning to Church
Each year, a number of people come back to regularly practicing their faith in our parishes. All their journeys are different, but they all share such a joy in coming home. If you have been away from practicing your faith and are thinking about returning to regularly coming to Mass, we would love to help support you in your journey. This support can be in whatever form you’d like. You can meet with a priest or member of the parish one to one if this would help you. We also regularly hold a Landings group for returning Catholics. This is an opportunity to meet up with others who are on a similar journey back and support each other. Here are the stories of a couple of people in our parishes who have recently made this journey:
We will all hit rocky parts along life's road and family and friends can always help but sometimes we need a bit more than just family and friends. No matter how many mistakes we make on life’s journey I don't believe that Our Blessed Lord ever gives up on us and his door is always open to us we just have to make the effort to go through the door.
When I come to Mass now I am at one with my God, my mother and father. I cannot begin to tell you how fulfilled my life finally is. Yes, it’s a scary experience to take the plunge and come back to church but believe me, everyone is so very kind and offers you such a warm welcome
Landings is a series of relaxed, informal, lay-led meetings, based on faith-sharing within a small group, that offer a safe and supported “landing place” for Catholics who have been away from the Church and are thinking about coming back.
There are many reasons why people stop practising their faith: Some may have had unpleasant or painful experiences in their church community, others feel uncomfortable with certain teachings of the church, others will simply have drifted away, whilst others may have been baptised but never had any experience of church.
Landings is not for everyone and many people looking to reconnect with their faith and the church will do so in other ways. However, many people looking to reconnect welcome the opportunity to reflect on their questions, concerns and experiences with others and to get to know a few other people before venturing into the wider parish community.
Landings offers Catholics wanting to reconnect a supportive community within which they can ask questions, discuss issues, deal with difficulties; an opportunity to be with other, ordinary Catholics who are trying to live their faith; and a safe environment in which to come to terms with recent changes within the Church and themselves.
Landings offers already active Catholics an opportunity to share their faith; to participate in the Church’s mission to welcome those who have been away; and a chance to grow and learn from each others’ spiritual journeys.