Catholics Returning Home

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, leaves the 99 sheep to seek the one that is lost. And, when he finds it, he brings it home, and calls everyone in heaven to rejoice more over the one repentant sinner than over the 99 who have no need of repentance."

Gospel of St. Luke 15:3-7

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You’re Invited...

If you are a CATHOLIC who has been AWAY from the CHURCH for a while, this INVITATION is for YOU!
Our faith community at Good Shepherd Catholic Church misses you and is incomplete without you!
No matter how long you have been away or for whatever reason, we invite you to CONSIDER renewing your relationship with the Catholic Church.  Everyone is WELCOME, no matter where you are in your life’s journey!

We would like to address your questions and make you feel at home once more in the Catholic Church.  We are conducting informal Zoom Q&A sessions on Thursday evenings from 7-8 PM.  Please email Verne Bowers at should you wish to participate.

As soon as strict restrictions are lifted, we can schedule the 6 part weekly series program to discuss: Changes in the Catholic Church today since Vatican II, structure of the Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist (the Mass), Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), AND The Nicene Creed (what Catholics believe.)

We are using “The Parish Guide for Implementing Catholics Returning Home Ministry—Outreach to Non-Practicing Catholics authored by Sally L. Mews.  Her ministry to non-practicing Catholics was born out of her own experience returning to the Church after so many years of being separated.  Catholics Returning Home (CRH) was recognized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in “A Time to Listen...A Time to Heal,” as a model program for reaching out to non-practicing Catholics.

CRH sessions are offered as a six-week series led by CRH Team Members:  Mary Palmer, Brock Thayer, Mike and Laura Blakey, Jerry and Verne Bowers.  All sessions are structured in a support-group format.

For more information, please call Verne Bowers (916) 479-3930 or via email at

We look forward to having a conversation with all prospective participants.


If you are an adult needing to complete the sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Eucharist and/or Confirmation, learn more about our RCIA Program.

Catholics Returning Home

An Invitation to Non-Practicing Catholics

We WELCOME You Home!