St. Raphael program welcomes 'drifting' Catholics
With this letter, I am hoping to reach out to anyone who has been away from the Catholic Church. About a year ago I felt something calling me back to the Church I had been away from for about 20 years. I wasn’t sure what to do. Do I just show up one Sunday at Mass? How do I know what church I should go to? Should I call and talk to a priest? Then I saw an article about Catholics Coming Home at St. Raphael. Wow...talk about timing!
I went to the sessions not knowing what to expect. Everyone was great! You could share as much or as little as you were comfortable with. The sessions were about topics to reacquaint you with the Catholic teachings. I learned about things that made me more of an active participant, instead of just going through the motions. I even made several lasting friendships that have helped me in my spiritual journey.
I hope all those reading this that have drifted away from the Church will consider attending Catholics Coming Home and even bring a friend. I look forward to seeing you there.
Carla Renick, Avon Lake
[The Catholics Coming Home series will be held Wednesday evenings, Feb. 9-March 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. St. Raphael Church is located at 525 Dover Center Rd. in Bay Village. To register, call Annette DeGidio at 440-250-9028.]