During the pandemic, many Catholics have remained engaged with their faith through live-streaming and spiritual communion. Parishes have also embraced the digital world in a variety of new ways. Many, however, have experienced ‘homesickness’, a longing for the Eucharist and community. Whether you have been away for a while or are interested in seeing what we are about, perhaps for the very first time, COME HOME!
The Lord Jesus is calling us to Mass.
What is our answer to his invitation?
Jesus loves you
Jesus desires to be united with you and to give you his heart. It is only in the Mass where we experience the fullness of Christ’s love – he offers his life for us and feeds us with His Body and Blood.
Jesus offers us hope
There has been much suffering this year and we all still face many hardships and worries. Jesus meets us in the midst of this storm. In the Mass, we receive the hope and mercy which only Jesus can provide.
Jesus wants to be with you
Livestream has been a real gift to us, but nothing can compare to being together, in person, as a community. In the Mass, Christ is present to us and we are there together, supporting each other.
Jesus gives us a purpose
Our faith is not just meant for ourselves, we are called to share and witness to this hope. You have a particular mission which God has given you alone. In the Mass, we discover who we are called to be.
COME HOME is an initiative currently being promoted by the Agency for Evangelisation and Catechesis which seeks to welcome people back to Church this Christmas and to extend a warm invitation and greeting to those interested in attending church for the first time.
This Advent a new booklet, entitled ‘The Ultimate Relationship’, alongside a range of additional resources, will be distributed to parishes to share with those wishing to draw closer to Jesus by attending church at this special time of year.
May we all experience the joy of being with Jesus, and of sharing our faith with one another this Christmas