Welcoming Returning and Inactive Catholics
If you are a Catholic who has been away from the Church, know that the Collaborative of Holy Redeemer and Immaculate Conception has been thinking about you. We invite you to be an active part of us again.
LANDINGS is an eight-week program that offers “a safe place to land,” a place for listening and for being heard, a place for asking questions and for reconnecting with the faith as an adult.
During the eight-week LANDINGS program, a small group of active Catholics, some of them “returnees” themselves, meets with a small group of inactive or returning Catholics to share and explore their faith together.
If you are interested and want more information, please call or email us. Pre-registration is required.
Ms. Doreen O'Leary, Director of Religious Education, Holy Redeemer 978-346-8604 ext 7
Ms. Melinda Burrell, Acting Director of Religious Education, Immaculate Conception 978-462-2724
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LANDINGS participants say:
“The warm, inviting atmosphere of LANDINGS facilitated my return to Catholicism after thirty-five years. This program is a wonderful mix of discussion about theology, philosophy, and real life. The LANDINGS Team is fantastic!”
“I was a lapsed Catholic for 12 years. I felt a spiritual calling but wasn’t sure returning to the Catholic Church was right. LANDINGS was vital in confirming my decision to return to the Catholic faith.”
www.landingsintl.org is the home page of LANDINGS International, for LANDINGS programs all over the world.
http://www.catholicscomehome.org/ is a website offering additional information on returning to the Catholic Church. There are many videos to answer specific questions on the faith.
http://bustedhalo.com Busted Halo: Online magazine for spiritual seekers.
http://www.masstimes.org/Churches.aspx Find a Mass near you.
LANDINGS is a lay ministry that has operated successfully in faith communities in the United States, Canada and Singapore since 1989. Based on small groups, the LANDINGS program offers “a safe place to land”, a place for listening and for being heard, a place for asking questions and for reconnecting with the faith as an adult. During the eight-week program, a small group of active Catholics, some of them “returnees” themselves, meets with a small group of inactive or returning Catholics to share and explore their faith together. Each week a participant briefly shares his or her own spiritual journey, and the group discusses a different reflection topic.
We need active Catholic parishioners who are sensitive, nonjudgmental listeners, who are comfortable with their faith, and who are willing to reach out warmly to those who have struggled with their faith over the years and who are now seeking a welcoming encounter with the Church.
A training session will be provided later this spring if you are interested in being a part of the team. Please consider this opportunity to participate in the New Evangelization in a quiet and healing way – and/or recommend another person you think might be a “good fit” for this ministry.
We will interview volunteers for the welcome team, and team members should be able to attend the training workshop. Please forward this appeal to all members of your ministry. Please send names or questions to Melinda Burrell at 978-462-2724.
Thank you so much for your consideration and assistance in this effort. We are grateful for any help you can provide us!