Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This image is a good one to express God’s Love for every child He creates. I’m asking prayers especially for those Catholics who have wandered from their faith, given to them in Baptism, with hope and charity. Many were infants who never really knew the Church they left as the One True Church founded by Jesus, and either have become members of some denomination or have turned away from the Lord totally.
Our Parish will begin another six week series for “Returning Catholics” this coming Saturday and I ask you to pray that all those who need to “come home” will attend. If you know any non-practicing Catholics, please pray specifically for them. If the Holy Spirit prompts you, please reach out to them. Personal contacts/invitations are always more effective. If you can offer to accompany them to the series that can also help. You may not have a series like this in your parish, but our brothers and sisters who have left the Church need to know they are missed! May the Holy Spirit give you the words to encourage them to come home.
We’ve sent announcements about the series to our Diocesan and local newspapers. We put up posters downtown in the bagel shop, and on windows of the UPS store, banks, bookstores, clothing stores and hardware stores, and left contact cards and trifolds wherever they allowed us to do so. One of our parishioners, who owns an Art Gallery downtown took a picture of our poster and put it on her Facebook page. If you have a Facebook page and would like to post something, please do. Personal contacts are best, but we need to reach out in whatever way we can to let our brothers and sisters know we care. If they can’t come Saturday, that’s ok – others started late, and returned to learn what they missed.
Thanks so much. I am convinced of the power of prayer offered in union with Jesus and Mary for others.