"The one who created you without your cooperation,
will not save you without your cooperation."
There are many reasons Catholics become inactive or leave the faith. There are also many reasons we return. If you have left because you were hurt or offended by someone within the Church, we apologize. We are sorry, as your brothers and sisters in the faith, for any pain we may have individually, or collectively, caused you. Please forgive us. We as individuals within the Church also struggle with our humanness, brokenness, and sins.
How to Come Home:
You can come home to the Catholic Church no matter what the circumstances, To receive the Eucharist, you should be in “communion” with the Church. To determine if you are in communion, or how you can become in communion, it’s best to talk with a priest. Please also feel very comfortable contacting this office.
Links for Your Review (see the sidebar on the right):
“Catholics Returning Home” is quite extensive and may answer a number of your questions.
“Once Catholic” is an interactive link to a Catholic website.
“Scripture Catholic” is for Christians who believe Scripture “alone” as the basis for authentic revelation. Catholics do not espouse this theology, but we do recognize the need to be able to respond, scripturally, to those who do. This website does a fine job with some of the more common questions.
Divorced Catholics – please click on our “Divorced Catholics”.
If You are a Non-Catholic Seeking to Join the Catholic Church
The normal process is to contact your local parish. They will help you from there. Should you have any questions or concerns before doing so, feel free to contact this office.
The Issue of Authority:
Catholics believe that just as there is one inspired Word of God, there is also one, and only one, inspired interpreter, the Church. The fracture of Christianity into thousands of denominations and non-denominations, sometimes holding beliefs diametrically opposed to each other, confirms the Catholic position. God cannot contradict himself. A significant number of people who enter or return to the Church do so because they seek an authoritative source -- apart from self-interpretation, or their pastor’s personal interpretation -- to guide them.
Scripture, Tradition, and Magisterial Teachings:
The Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church refers to Scripture as “written tradition”. Roman Catholic teachings are often based upon both Scripture and Tradition. Traditions are teachings and customs which have been faithfully handed-on through the centuries. Teachings of the “Magisterium” (the teaching office of the Church) are a component of tradition. They respond to the needs of the Church in each particular age and enable her to proclaim a Gospel that is ever ancient, ever new, and ever able to respond to the changing times.