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!

On Thursday, February 11, 2021, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, we will have an informal Zoom Meet and Greet Session and a video of “Sharing Stories of Faith.”

Our 6-part weekly series will begin on Thursday, February 18th, the day after Ash Wednesday.  The schedule is as follows:

Catholics Returning Home

Zoom Sessions Schedule

6:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 18—Welcome! “Why Am I Here?” The Lost Sheep, Coin and the Prodigal Son/Q&A

Thursday, February 25—The Church Today: Changes Since Vatican II/Q&A

Thursday, March 4th—Explanation of the Mass/Q&A

Thursday, March 11—Explanation of Reconciliation (Confession) and Examination of Conscience/Q&A

Thursday, March 18—The Bible: God’s Love Letter to Humanity Q/A

Thursday, March 25–The Creed: What Catholics Believe/Q&A

We would like to address your questions and make you feel at home once more in the Catholic Church.  

Please register to participate in our Catholics Returning Home Ministry Program by submitting the registration form to Verne Bowers via email at You can also return the registration form via U.S. Mail addressed to Catholics Returning Home Ministry, c/o Good Shepherd Catholic Church 9539 Racquet Court, Elk Grove, CA 95758.  Registration forms should be received by February 4, 2021 for the Lenten season series.  Download the brochure for the schedule of sessions and the registration form.

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!