Taking those first steps to return to the Church can be daunting, and you may feel alone in this journey of discovery. Returning to Church, or perhaps answering a longing for God, however, is not a journey we make on our own. Remember, as you take these steps of faith, the Lord walks with you. He is there to help and guide you.
It doesn't matter how long you have been away from the Church, or the reasons that you stopped practising your faith, we are always ready to welcome you. At St John's and St Joseph's - as with every Catholic Church throughout the world - there is a warm welcome awaiting your return.
We hope that the information on this page will provide you with some of the answers to questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information, or guidance on your journey of faith.
"Maybe someone among us here is thinking: my sin is so great, I am as far from God as the younger son in the parable (of the Prodigal Son), my unbelief is like that of Thomas; I don’t have the courage to go back, to believe that God can welcome me and that he is waiting for me, of all people. But God is indeed waiting for you; he asks of you only the courage to go to him."
Pope Francis, Homily 7th April 2013
Why Come Back To Church?
Here are a few reasons to help you think about coming back to Church.
MEANING Our culture and society can sometimes leave us with a sense of confusion which makes it difficult to find meaning and purpose in our lives. In the face of the modern world, Christ fulfils our lives, He gives us a meaning and purpose.
HEALING There are many things that we carry on our shoulders: the burden of our own sinfulness over the years, guilt, not being able to forgive other people, or perhaps other spiritual wounds - anger with God, questioning God for things that happen in life. Being open to Jesus, and, what we can receive from Him through the Church can bring us great comfort, healing and peace to all of our daily struggles and problems.
BELONGING The Catholic Church is a community of people united in Christ. It is more than just the building! Together, Catholics offer whatever is going on in their lives - joys and sorrows - to God. Together, as a community, they receive God's help and support to live their lives.
THE EUCHARIST This is perhaps the most wonderful reason for returning to Church and practising your faith. Each time we celebrate the Eurcharist, Jesus is made truly present and we are given the immense privilege of receiving Him in Holy Communion. Everyone has a longing in their hearts to meet Jesus. Receiving Him in this way satisfies our hunger and helps us to find Him in the other areas of our lives, maybe those areas we did not think he could be present.