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
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!
The next Catholics Returning Home series begins Wednesday, April 20 and continues weekly through June 1. We will have a Meet and Greet Session with a video of “Sharing Stories of Faith,” followed by a 6-part series as described below. Please check the bulletin as the date nears for more information. Pick up a brochure in the Narthex and download the schedule with dates at right.
This series is FREE!
Our 6-part weekly series schedule is as follows:
1. Welcome! “Why Am I Here?” The Lost Sheep, Coin and the Prodigal Son/Q&A
2. The Church Today: Changes Since Vatican II/Q&A
3. Explanation of the Mass/Q&A
4. Explanation of Reconciliation (Confession) and Examination of Conscience/Q&A
5. The Creed: What Catholics Believe/Q&A
6. The Bible: God’s Love Letter to Humanity 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 Lynette Magnino via email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Download the schedule of sessions and the registration form.
We use “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 led by fellow parishioners who serve as CRH Team Members. All sessions are structured in a support-group format.
For more information, please contact Lynette Magnino via email at email@example.com.
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.