Catholics who have experienced a separation from the Church or from regular participation in the sacraments will have help to reconnect and “come home” in the new year as two parishes  conduct programs to address questions and concerns about returning to the Church.


St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in West Hempstead extends an invitation to all inactive or returning Catholics to take another look at the Catholic Church.  “Journey: Reconnecting to the Catholic Faith” is a seven-week program beginning the evening of January 6 where participants can discuss  questions and concerns with other returning Catholics and reacquaint themselves  with the teachings of today’s Catholic Church.  No pressure will be put on anyone.  This is simply an invitation to join the conversation.

This is a free program, but registration by January 2 is required.  Please contact the Journey Program at 516-489-8585 or


St. Lawrence the Martyr R.C. Church in Sayville, will conduct a series called “Catholics Returning Home” on six consecutive Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Church beginning January 5th. These sessions are for Catholics who have left the active practice of their faith and who are seeking answers to questions about returning to the Church. There will be informal sharing and an update of the Catholic faith. For more details, call Maria Davidson at (631) 589-3160.