Returning Catholics

Awakening FaithNo matter how long you have been away from the Catholic Church, you can always come home. God is inviting you to dive into your faith in a deeper way than you ever have before. You may already be feeling a strange inner pull to look into the Church again. That spiritual longing you feel is God drawing you back to Himself. God never forces; He only invites. He leaves the decision to return to the Catholic Church up to you.

There are as many reasons for coming back to the Church as there are people who left. While Christ is at the heart of the many reasons to come home to the Church, each individual’s experience in returning can be unique, depending upon whatever speaks to his or her heart. Many people come back to the Catholic Church because they feel an intense longing for the Eucharist. Sometimes it happens at a wedding, a funeral, a baptism, a First Communion or a Confirmation. Sometimes it happens when people are alone or facing difficulties in life. It’s a deep hunger for the spiritual nourishment that comes when they receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. Others come back to the Catholic Church because they need healing or to forgive others. Some of us carry deep spiritual wounds. We struggle with anger at God over bad things that happen–a terminal illness, a debilitating injury, a broken relationship, mental or emotional problems, an act of violence against an innocent person, an unexplainable accident, some natural disaster, the death of a loved one or some other deep disappointment. Sometimes we hold on to anger and resentment toward individuals who have hurt us deeply. But this anger and bitterness can eat at the heart of a person. The Catholic Church provides the opportunity to seek God’s help in the process of spiritual healing and help you get on with your life.

If you have been away from the Church and wish to return, please contact Shaylyn Baker at sbaker@clusterparishes.com or call 757-484-7335. There are many different options as to how this happens according to the needs of each individual. Welcome home!