From the Prayer Corner

Do you pray the Jesus Prayer?

The Jesus Prayer is short, but immensely powerful. It simply consists of the word “Jesus.” (Other variations include “Lord Jesus” or “Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.) 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, “The invocation of the holy name of Jesus is the simplest way of praying always. When the holy name is repeated often by a humbly attentive heart, the prayer is not lost by heaping up empty phrases, but holds fast to the word and “brings forth fruit with patience.” This prayer is possible “at all times” because it is not one occupation among others but the only occupation: that of loving God, which animates and transfigures every action in Christ Jesus” (CCC 2668).

Catholics Come Home Lost & Found Tip: Pray the Jesus Prayer throughout your day today. Experience the power and peace that comes from simply pronouncing the most powerful name in the world, the Word that was made flesh, the Word whose birth we celebrate in a few short weeks!

Visit www.CatholicsComeHome.org to grow deeper in your faith each day!

Catholics Come Home team presents in Australia!

CatholicsComeHome.org News:

This week our founder and president, Tom Peterson, and Communications Manager, Katie Peterson, are in Australia presenting the Catholics Come Home program!

Here’s a bit of what’s on the agenda this week-
Monday, Dec 14:
Dinner with Cardinal Pell, Archdiocese of Sydney.  He was host of World Youth Day 2008. (Cardinal Pell previously invited Mr. Peterson to present the keynote address in Sydney at the National Communications Conference, and Bishops’ Plenary meeting of 44 bishops in May 2009).

Tues-Friday:
Catholics Come Home Evangelization planning session, sponsored by Archdiocese of Melbourne and the National Office for Evangelisation …an office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Will be discussing ways to localize and implement CCH ads and website to invite inactive Catholics and others in Australia to come home to the Catholic faith.

We’ll keep you posted if CCH end up going ‘down under’ at a future date! (perhaps in Melbourne in Lent 2011).  Thanks for keeping CatholicsComeHome.org in your prayers.

Remember, you are always invited to visit www.CatholicsComeHome.org to grow deeper in your faith each day!

Bored at Mass?

Feeling “Bored at Mass?”

Many Catholics haven’t had the opportunity to really learn what’s happening at Mass… By journeying through understanding the parts of the Mass, you will find new excitement in this joyful and meaningful celebration of our Faith every Sunday (or every day)!

Today’s Bored at Mass feature: Where did the Mass come from?

The Mass finds its origins 2,000 years ago, at the Last Supper, when Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Passover meal. “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body…’” (see Matthew 26:26-28). Jesus reminded the disciples, “Do this in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11: 24, 25). Jesus’ followers then began to celebrate the sacrifice of the Mass, culminating in the Holy Eucharist as Jesus instructed them to do…and the celebration has continued to this day in the Catholic Church.

Read what some of the Early Church Fathers had to say about the Mass.

Catholics Come Home Lost & Found Tip: Next time you go to Mass, remember where it all started—with Jesus, 2,000 years ago. Take time to realize how amazing it is to be able to participate in the sacrificial meal and heavenly banquet…Jesus saves a seat just for you!

Grow in your faith daily at: CatholicsComeHome.org

An Inspirational E-mail we received here at CatholicsComeHome.org!

An inspirational e-mail message we received here at CCH – hope you are inspired by it as well:

“Dear Tom Peterson and Staff,

I had seven (7) Catholic friends that went astray that returned to the faith since I shared the website with them. Two had divorces pending when I gave them the website and both ended up canceling their divorces, renewing their matrimonial vows and now are very active in their respective parishes.

God bless you and the staff and all your families.

Love In Christ Jesus,
B”

Please spread the word about the CatholicsComeHome.org site, you never know whose life you’ll touch, or transform!

Catholics Come Home "water-cooler-worthy" Advent thought

Enjoy this Catholic, “water-cooler-worthy” reflection on Advent:

WARNING: ADVENT VIRUS

Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:
• A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
• An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
• A loss of interest in judging other people.
• A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
• A loss of interest in conflict.
• A loss of the ability to worry.  (This is a very serious symptom)
• Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
• Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
• Frequent attacks of smiling.
• An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
• An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

You are always welcome and encouraged to visit www.CatholicsComeHome.org to grow in your faith each day!

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Today marks the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the celebration of Mary being freed from original sin. But where do Catholics get this teaching of the Immaculate Conception? Is it biblical? Absolutely.

Check out this great article by Fr. William Saunders about the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: http://catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0774.html

“The ‘splendor of an entirely unique holiness’ by which Mary is ‘enriched from the first instant of her conception’ comes wholly from Christ: she is ‘redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son’. The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person ‘in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places’ and chose her ‘in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love’.” (CCC 492)

Catholics Come Home News Blog – What to expect & Welcome!

Welcome to the Catholics Come Home news blog.
Here you can learn about the latest initiatives and successes of our campaigns to bring Catholics back home.  We’ll be sharing some of the amazing testimonial e-mails we receive, info about our daily-happenings, a little ‘inspiration’ here and there, and some general Catholic ‘water-cooler-worthy’ updates! Keep up with what’s happening by staying tuned to THIS ‘CCH News blog’! Talk to you soon!

Welcome to Lost and Found, the official Weblog of Catholics Come Home!

We are so excited to enter the “social marketing scene,” and dialog with Catholics, converts and non-Catholics about the mysteries of the Catholic Faith.

If you’re like many others, you know that there is an overflowing amount of information about the Catholic Church that you may have never learned before. We’re here to provide you with little insights into our vast deposit of faith. Take time to stop by on a regular basis, and find all the hidden treasures of our beautiful Catholic Faith!

So what is Catholics Come Home (CCH) all about? We thought you might be interested in a brief history of the Catholics Come Home journey that brought us to where we are today…

  • 1998: CCH airs evangelization commercials in the Diocese of Phoenix. 3,000 return to the Church.
  • 2004: Catholics Come Home purchases Web domains, CatholicsComeHome.org and CatolicosRegresen.org, and decides to launch as a nationwide non-profit apostolate.
  • 2007: Filming begins on “Epic,” “Movie,” and “Testimonial” commercials.
  • 2008: CCH commercials undergo dial testing. Results reveal that 73 percent of former Catholics, current Catholics, non-Catholics, Protestants, and non-religious praised the commercials. 53 percent said they would be interested in returning to or checking out the Catholic Church after just one viewing of the commercial.
  • 2008: CCH Web site is launched and visited by people from all 50 states and 80 foreign countries.
  • 2008: (Lent) CCH campaign launched in the Diocese of Phoenix. 92,000 return to the Church.
  • 2008: CCH commercials shown at the Papal Mass in Washington, D.C., at the National Prayer Breakfast and on FOX News.
  • 2008: CCH awarded “Telly Awards” for “Epic” and “Movie.” Also honored with “W3 Award” for Web site Creative Excellence.
  • 2009: (Lent) Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas launches bilingual CCH campaign. Mass attendance increases by 17.7 percent.
  • 2009: CCH wins “Communicator Awards” for “Movie” and “Epic.”
  • 2009: CCH honored with “Best Practices Award” by the National Leadership Roundtable.
  • 2009: CCH launches new, expanded Web site in preparation for Advent campaigns.
  • 2009: (Advent) CCH to launch campaigns in Dioceses of Sacramento (Stockton, Chico-Redding), Colorado Springs (Pueblo), Omaha, Lincoln, Chicago, Rockford, Joliette, and Providence.
  • 2010: (Lent) CCH to launch in Seattle and Green Bay.

Have you had time to check out our new CatholicsComeHome.org Web site? If you haven’t…you should! You can learn more about Catholics Come Home and discover many more treasures of the Catholic Faith!