What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ Luke 15:4-6
We welcome you home and hope that you accept this as your invitation to reconnect to the wonder and mystery of the Catholic faith. Whatever your reason for being away, we have missed you and celebrate your desire to return to your spiritual family. You may never find a more welcoming community or pastor than here at St. Clare’s.
In officially proclaiming the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which began on December 8, 2015, Pope Francis called on the entire Catholic Church to refashion itself as a place not of judgment or condemnation, but of pardon and merciful love. He said in his address, “No one can be excluded from the mercy of God; everyone knows the way to access it and the Church is the house where everyone is welcomed and no one is rejected. Her doors remain wide open, so that those who are touched by grace may find the assurance of forgiveness.“
Regardless of why you left or stopped going to Mass, you can always come home and return to the sacraments and the fullness of your relationship with Jesus Christ.
As you hear God calling you back, we ask you to join us in the celebration of the Holy Mass and to browse our Ministries page and Religious Education page by clicking the appropriate selection on the menu bar above or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,YouTube, and our MyParish app; in hopes that you will feel the comfort and excitement of engagement in our growing parish family. We look forward to seeing you and rejoice in your return.
For more information about returning to the universal church, check out Catholics Come Home.