This Lent, a ministry dedicated to fallen-away Catholics has launched an initiative specifically geared to bring Catholics back to the sacrament of confession, GoodConfession.com.
The Catholics Come Home ministry airs commercials to encourage lapsed Catholics or just those curious about the faith to explore the Church.
Their new Web site aims to encourage Catholics to more regularly receive the sacrament of reconciliation and to learn how to improve their spiritual lives with the sacrament.
An excerpt from the Web site explains, “Whether you frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation or you have been away from Confession for years, we are here to provide you with easy-to-read and easy-to-use resources to help you learn about the sacrament, understand how to go to Confession, and, most importantly, learn how practically to live out the priest’s words in the confessional to ‘go and sin no more.'”
CatholicsComeHome.org founder and president Tom Peterson said, “We need this outreach! If we truly desire holiness in our Church and in our personal lives, there must be an effort to make Confession a regular habit again, learning also how to conform our lives to be more like Christ after we leave the confessional booth. Confession is one of the most underutilized sacraments, and so many Catholics report that they haven’t been to Reconciliation in years.”
The Catholics Come Home outreach Web site features a new evangomercial, “Heavy Burdens,” which depicts how reconciliation removes the weight of sin, bringing renewed peace, happiness, and God’s sanctifying grace.
When Catholics Come Home aired one of its first of 36 diocesan evangomercial campaigns in Phoenix (2008) one priest reported more than 16 people in his confessional the first week, all who had been away from the Church for decades.
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On the Net:
Catholics Come Home: http://www.catholicscomehome.org
Good Confession: http://www.goodconfession.com