Q. I have been away from the Catholic Church for a long time. How do I ever begin to return?
A. Wow, as a pastor I love your question. Thanks for asking it. Your question strikes a very personal chord with me as I have very close family members who are not engaged in their faith. By that I mean, they do not attend Mass, they do not contribute their talents to the initiatives of the Church — they are absent — for whatever reason.
For people in a similar situation the reasons for this can be many and legitimate. Maybe someone representing the Church hurt you. Perhaps the demands of life (family, work, etc.) overtook you.
Maybe you missed one Sunday Mass and your absence just snowballed to the point where it has been a long time.
However, it doesn’t matter what the reason is or how long it has been. Come back! If you know your local pastor (or any priest for that matter) reach out to him.
His name and contact information is likely on that parish’s website with the priest’s address and phone number and email (or search this website for your parish). I know he will welcome your initiative.
If you do not feel comfortable contacting your local priest, then find a Catholic layperson who might help you make a contact. Or contact me at: Ask the Register, 3700 Sheridan Blvd., Suite 10, Lincoln, NE 68501 and I certainly will follow up. Whenever you are ready, welcome! We’d be glad to hear from you!
This question was answered by a priest of the Diocese of Lincoln. Write to Ask the Register using our online form, or write to 3700 Sheridan Blvd., Suite 10, Lincoln NE 68506-6100. All questions are subject to editing. Editors decide which questions to publish. Personal questions cannot be answered. People with such questions are urged to take them to their nearest Catholic priest.