And when [the Shepherd] does find [His lost sheep], 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." I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance. - Luke 15:5-7
Have you been away for a while and are now feeling a draw to return to Church? Great! Know that you are always welcome here, and God’s love and mercy are still as wonderful and generous as they have always been. We have a place for you!
However, maybe you feel a little shy or hesitant to step back into church:
What will people say?
Where will I sit so as to be as inconspicuous as I can be?
Won’t the priest have some snide comment for me and my family?
Will people think my kids are disruptive or that I am a bad parent?
I don’t even remember what responses to say.
What’s the difference between a missal and a hymnal?
Whatever your worries, put them away and be at peace! Jesus always welcomed people from all walks of life and at whatever stage in the spiritual journey they were in. He does not judge you; we do not judge you. We are happy to share this sacred time with you and the Lord.
Whether it’s a return for Christmas Mass, the beginning of a New Years resolution, or just the slow and quiet return to Church after many years, you have been expected – anticipated with joy by God the Father!
Some steps you also might want to consider:
Stop by the church early and get comfortable in your pew
Call the Parish Office and ask to speak informally with Fr. Austin or Fr. Greg (410-284-6600) or Deacon Herman (410-282-3120) – they’re very nice and welcoming!
Stop into confession on Saturday afternoon (3-4pm at Our Lady of Hope; or 4:30 – 5:30pm at St. Luke). You can also schedule one with the priests.
Take a minute right now and pray the “Our Father.” It’s our family prayer, and you are still a part of it!