|Welcoming Catholics Home|
Whether you were baptized Catholic as a child or you’ve only recently decided to see what the Catholic Church is about, we are glad you are here.
Wherever you are in your faith journey, our desire is that this website will help you discover—or re-discover—the Catholic faith.
Our hope is that you will find that being Catholic can help you find true peace, happiness, and purpose in life. Our goal is to provide you with the help you need to understand the Catholic Church and her teachings. Go ahead, we want you to ask us the tough questions. We want you to know God’s love for you. We ask you to be part of our global Catholic family. We invite you to join us in worship, prayer, and fellowship here at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
The door is open for you. We are one family – Welcome
We are interested in your thoughts, the thoughts of those who occasionally make it to mass as well as those who have fallen away from the Church.
For Catholics who are returning home to the Church, welcome. We are happy that you are here with us. We believe that the Holy Spirit is leading you and we are pleased to welcome you. We encourage you to speak to people at the doors, or to contact Peter Doane with questions and for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Elizabeth Seton Welcoming Catholics Home Program
The Welcoming Catholics Home program at St. Elizabeth Seton is offered to welcome back those Catholics whom have been away from the Church for a period of time and who are not actively participating in any other Faith Community.
For additional information, please contact Peter Doane at 317-679-7631 email@example.com.
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Welcoming Catholics Home FAQ
There are many reasons why Catholics may no longer be participating actively in their faith. There are equally many reasons for Catholics to consider “coming home.” Here at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton we support and encourage you in your desire to explore what it might mean in your life to be more active in practicing your Catholic faith.
Below are a few of the questions we are most frequently asked by those who are thinking about returning to the Church.
I am thinking of returning to the Catholic Church. Do I have to go through some kind of program in order to do this?
No, if you are a Catholic who has been baptized and received First Holy Communion you do not need to go through a program. However, Seton does offer a program, Welcome Back, which provides an opportunity for people to talk about their issues with the Church, to express their concerns, and to learn more about the Church. Welcome Back is staffed by a wonderful team of people who are trained to listen and eager to help.
If I return to the Church will I need to go to confession? Or can I just come to Mass?
You are always welcome to come to Mass! There are no prerequisites or conditions for attending Mass. However, before receiving Holy Communion you will most likely want to celebrate the sacrament of God’s mercy and reconciliation by making a confession. If you choose to participate in our Welcome Back program, the Welcome Back team can help you with this and answer any questions you might have. Otherwise, you can simply go to confession at one of the scheduled times.
I don’t remember how to go to confession. What do I do?
Knowing the “formula” for confession is not as important as simply availing yourself of the sacrament. If you go to confession and tell the priest that it has been a long time and you don’t remember exactly what to do, he will talk you through it without trouble or embarrassment. There is a free App for those who use Smart Phones. It is very helpful in preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
I am not married in the Catholic Church. Does that affect my return to the Church?
If this is your first marriage, then having your marriage recognized by the Catholic Church should be quite simple. If either you or your spouse have been married before we can still help you, but it will most likely take more time. Seton staff will help you with this.
I have been divorced. Does that affect my return? What if I am remarried?
Only if you have remarried. Divorce in and of itself does not affect your status in the church including participation in the sacraments, like Holy Communion. If you are remarried outside the Church you may still attend Mass, but it will be important for you to learn what is involved for the church to recognize your marriage. For instance, it is quite possible that you will be able to petition the Church for an annulment. There are several people on the Seton staff who can help you with this and if you participate in Welcome Back you will receive help with these matters.
I have unbaptized children. Can they be baptized?
Yes, they certainly may be baptized. Please contact a staff person.
I am not Catholic, but I am curious about the Catholic Church. What should I do?
The Church offers another wonderful process for people like you. It begins with an interview with a member of our faith formation team. After that there is what we call the “inquiry process” which is an opportunity to learn some basic information about the Church and to ask questions. Following that is the process known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Can I volunteer for St. Elizabeth programs if I am currently an inactive Catholic or if I am not Catholic?
There are many opportunities for getting involved, and you do not need to be Catholic to volunteer for many of our Outreach programs, Adult Faith Formation programs, and service opportunites
Do I have to register in order to be a Catholic in good standing?
Once you decide to be a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton we do ask you to consider registering but it is not required. However, registering in the parish makes a statement of your intent, allows the parish to be in touch with you in important ways, and enables us to keep accurate sacramental records.