Come and See: 2011-2012!
Every first Tuesday of the month for people who want to strengthen or renew their relationship with God or the Catholic Church. They will be at Blessed Trinity Church(formerly St. Martha Church), McKeever Hall, 300 E. Tallmadge Ave. Akron, 7:00 pm. Come and bring friends or family members who have questions, concerns or just want to learn more. After the keynote speaker, you can join us for refreshments. Then, you are invited to "Table Talk," where you can ask questions, join a discussion, share stores or just listen. Table topic include: bereavement, annulments, divorce and separation, confession, Bible basics, coping with illness and many more. There is also a lending library, a general information table and open tables where you can chat with friends and family.
C'mon Back to the Roman Catholic Church?
Were you once a Catholic? We miss you. We care about you. We invite you to take another look.
The largest body of Christian believers in America today is the Roman Catholic Church. Research shows that the second largest body, some 18 million, consists of those Catholics who no longer practice their faith. Are you one of them? Do you know someone in this category? A family member, a friend, a neighbor?
Who will welcome them back and offer a place of belonging? Will you? Every Catholic can be a minister of welcome, reconciliation and understanding to those who have stopped practicing their faith. We need to let our inactive brothers and sisters know they always have a place in the Church.
We want to let our inactive and alienated brothers and sisters know that we miss them, we care about them and we invited them to take another look. We have found a spiritual home and want to share it with them.
Inviting inactive Catholics home is about wanting others to experience Life to the Full that Jesus offers us.
People do not come back to the Church because of doctrine or creed, but because in the stories of Jesus and the community they can find a home and a meaning for their own story.
The inactive or alienated Catholic---whose business is it anyway? We need to overcome the notion that religion is a private thing. We are members of a body, the Body of Christ and we have a stake in one another. Every Catholic parish has an obligation rooted in their Baptism and the gospel to seek reconciliation with inactive Catholics.
Many separated or alienated Catholics still identify themselves as Catholic bus attend Mass never or once or twice a year. Many of them are still active in their faith in other ways: acts of kindness, living moral lives, praying, reading the Scriptures, but often they have given up their visible connection with the Church.
Consider coming to St. Martha as mentioned above. Also, the following are some websites that may be of help to you and to them.
Cleveland Diocesan Evangelization Office: http://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/parishlife/evangelization/
The parish staff at Prince of Peace in Barberton or for that matter, any parish in the diocese and their staff, is willing to help them return and participate in the full life of the faith community at Prince of Peace. Just call the rectory.
Catholics cannot proselytize--that is, manipulate or pressure anyone to join our Church. Such tactics contradict the Good News we announce and undermine the spirit of invitation that should characterize all true evangelization.
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Last updated: Friday May 17, 2013