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When she did make it inside she snuck up to the balcony and stood in the back, behind all the families with squirming and squealing kids. Bendini didn't remember when to sit, stand, or kneel, and she stood in silence as everyone else recited the creed.
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She had been baptized Catholic and received her First Communion, but hadn't gone to church much since then. Now in her 30s, she felt called back to the church. Bendini may not have returned had she not discovered Landings, a small-group program for returning Catholics. Landings offered her a community of support-a place where she could express her concerns, ask questions, and learn about the Catholic faith. After going through Landings in the fall, she is now enrolled in RCIA and a team leader for the next Landings session.
The challenge in trying to reach out to this group of Catholics is that there are so many different reasons why people are not active in the church. Some just get busy and stop attending church regularly, whereas others have deep hurt and anger that keep them away. With so many reasons for Catholics to leave the church, Lorie Duquin of Williamsville, New York explains that parishes can't just use a one-size-fits-all approach to evangelization.
Through her involvement in evangelization programs in the Diocese of Buffalo, Duquin has identified three categories of Catholics who aren't at church: Throughout the country, different programs are used to try to reach these Catholics and welcome them back. Padraig Burns of Arlington, Virginia grew up in a traditional Catholic family, but he had a difficult time transitioning from the college environment into a parish. He went "church shopping" to find a place where he felt at home. I just became inactive.
After being inactive for about a decade, Burns finally found St. Charles Borromeo in Arlington, where he, like Bendini, went through the Landings program and became an active member. Bendini and Burns' experience is similar to that of a lot of Catholics. The CARA study about Catholics' involvement in the sacraments found that 56 percent of self-identified Catholics only attend church a few times a year or they don't attend at all. Mark Gray, director of CARA Catholic Polls and one of the authors of this study, explains that Catholics who attend Mass once or twice a month said that they missed Mass mostly because of a busy schedule, family responsibilities, or health problems.
Catholics who only attend Mass a few times a year mostly said they don't believe that missing Mass is a sin. Gray notes that even though these Catholics are not attending Mass, they still self-identify as Catholic and pray, fast during Lent, get ashes on Ash Wednesday, wear religious jewelry, or have religious icons at home.
Statistics showed that about 90 percent of returners could not identify why they had left. The majority 71 percent of Catholics who had left told the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in a survey that they drifted away, but many also listed unhappiness about church teachings on remarriage, divorce, the role of women, homosexuality, and abortion as reasons they left. Gray believes that the biggest myth is that Catholics are leaving the church out of anger.
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Jeanne Waliczek of Orland Park, Illinois left the church out of apathy. I didn't think that God cared about me, and I didn't care about God. Later in life Jeanne was going through a difficult divorce and decided to start attending a Protestant church, which she found more welcoming. She met her current husband, Tom, about 10 years ago and they were married in a Protestant church.
Tom had left the Catholic Church when he was a young man. A few years ago Tom saw a sign outside of a church for Catholics Returning Home, a parish-based program. He thought he would give it a try. Jeanne initially resisted the idea of returning to a church that she found to be so cold. Now as leaders for the Catholics Returning Home program, the couple can relate to the emotions that people feel as they come back to the church.
And despite the Pew findings, there is still plenty of anger among some returning Catholics. Many of the traditional methods of reaching out to inactive Catholics use language such as "come home" and "welcome back. The old paradigm was the angry, marginalized, anti-church, very sensitive person, but they grew up with a strong Catholic identity," DeSiano explains. Young adults of this generation are more likely to experiment with their lives, try different types of spirituality, and question everything before they settle down with a family, career, and spiritual community.
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They might not even see the church as home, DeSiano says. DeSiano believes that the best way to put younger generations in touch with their faith is by connecting them with smaller groups of Catholics with the goal of leading to involvement in the larger church community. Since most Catholics are not sitting in a pew on Sunday morning, the Catholics Come Home TV ad campaign is attempting to reach Catholics in their homes.