Returning Catholics


Landings is a Ministry of Reconciliation welcoming returning Catholics back to the Church. LANDINGS was developed by Fr. Jac Campbell, a Paulist Father, more than 15 years ago, and has proven to be successful in many dioceses in the US,Canada, and the UK. LANDINGS empowers laity to reach out to returning Catholics in a special way. Holy Cross Church has made a commitment to welcome back returning Catholics in a personal way and has been a LANDINGS parish since 2003.

LANDINGS is a safe harbor or landing place for returning Catholics to share and explore their faith and future with the Church.

A group of six to eight active Catholics joined together to welcome two or three returning Catholics to share and explore their faith together.

The Process:

After an initial interview with a priest, the returning Catholic is directed to a LANDINGS group.The group will meet for approximately eight weeks in one  two hour sessions.  The conclusion of the program will be a weekend retreat.

LANDINGS is people in solidarity with the returning; who in their own lives have "returned", and continue to "return". Founded on the belief that we do not have to be trained theologians to share what we believe, and to speak honestly about our faith, trusting in the Holy Spirit.

For further information contact: Elizabeth Parker, Coordinator at (919) 544-1917 or Deborah Hilliard at (919) 688-2713 

Catholics Come Home

The Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination in the United States, accounting for about 25 percent of the country’s population.

The Church continues to grow and many people have chosen to convert to Catholicism. The Church is a vibrant, active community of believers which continues to have a positive influence on the lives of many people. However, there are people who for one reason or another have stopped actively participating in the Church and attending Mass. We live in a busy culture and society. There are many demands that are placed on us. Yet people are searching for a deeper sense of meaning, for a closer relationship with God, and for a more authentic spiritual identity.

Since the Church is a family, we miss those Catholics who may have left the Church or who have stopped participating in its vibrant liturgy and sacramental life. Perhaps you or someone you know are in this situation and do not know how to come back or how to become active again. The first thing you need to know is that you are always welcome back. The Church misses you and hopes that you will choose to come home as an active member.

Catholics Come Home is a non-profit, independent charity whose purpose is to invite inactive Catholics, and others searching for a faith home, to the Catholic faith. Their informative and interactive website helps to answer questions about Church teachings and gives an overview of the Catholic faith. Some of its founders and supporters recently returned to the Catholic faith and want to share their positive experiences with others. Many never left the Church, but recently grew to understand and appreciate their Catholic faith more deeply. All feel part of a big Catholic family, who sincerely hope others will also find more peace, real answers, and true happiness through the gift of faith.

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Please feel free to explore any questions you may have about the Catholic Church or how you can return to an active participation in the Church by visiting the Catholics Come Home website.

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