Catholics Returning Home at St. Mary

Catholics Returning Home at St. Mary

Linda Musyt, left, and Rick Davis talk with Fr. David Chojnacki, right, of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wooster about the upcoming Catholics Returning Home program at the church.


In a program known as Catholics Returning Home, the people of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wooster have swung open the church doors to individuals who for whatever reason have become separated from their church and want to re-explore their connection to the Catholic faith.

Begun locally in 2014, the church has followed a program model put forth by Sally Mews, author of “Inviting Catholics Home.” Mews came to Wooster to help establish a team of church members to lead the effort. Now this team is extending an invitation to nonpracticing Catholics to join them, no matter how long or for whatever reason they have been away from the church.

“Our team provides a nonjudgmental, confidential, safe place where individuals can explore the challenges they have faced and their concerns associated along the way with their faith journey,” said Mary Zuercher, team coordinator.

“I was a cradle Catholic who strayed from my faith,” said Rick Davis, a previous participant in the program. “I was looking for purpose in my life, and since returning, I learned more about my faith and have become involved in some of the ministries of the church.

“I now feel part of the community and have found that purpose. I was born and raised Catholic but didn’t get it right until the second time around.”

“I realized I needed to get back on my spiritual path,” said Linda Musyt, a previous participant. “Catholics Returning Home helped me take that first step. These sessions were informative, and the facilitators were warm, caring and compassionate.”

The six-week series is designed to inform and answer questions nonpracticing Catholics may have about the faith since they have left.

Sessions are as follows:

—Welcome and overview of the series.

—Sharing of faith from previous Catholics returning home.

—The church today: living in a Vatican II church.

—A walk through the Mass along with explanations and a look at the Eucharist.

—The sacrament of reconciliation: explanation of today’s confession.

—What Catholics believe: the creed.

Sessions will begin Monday, Oct. 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster, in the Parish Hall (ground level of the church).

For more information call the church at 330-264-8824.

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