More great news in response to the Archdiocese of Chicago's CatholicsComeHome.org campaign

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s BLOG shares some of their most recent updates and results since their Advent 2009 CCH TV ad campaign:

“You may have seen experiences of speed and excitement while watching skiing events in the winter Olympics, but that is nothing compared to what’s been going on in the Office for Evangelization in the last 8 months!

It was mid summer when three dioceses (Chicago, Joliet and Rockford) began coordinating on an evangelization initiative called Catholics Come Home. The plan was to air 2,000 television ads in 3 languages over 10 stations in 5 ½ weeks beginning December 16 inviting Catholics to return to the practice of the faith. During the Fall our staff held training sessions for over 320 Parish Contacts, informational meetings for 650 parish receptionists and dozens of presentations at Parish and Deanery meetings throughout the Archdiocese, and we started our website.

During Advent, the phone calls and e-mails began coming in. Throughout January and February we have heard from many people who have come home to the Catholic Church. Each person brings with him/her a story of a difficult time in their lives though the outcome of their return is always a sense of peace and joy.

Now it’s March and Catholics Come Home Chicago keeps going and going and”click here to read entire blog

Visit CatholicsComeHome.org each day to grow in your faith this Lent.

How about some apologetics this Friday…!

“I don’t need to go to Church. As long as I’m a good person, that’s all that really matters.”

“Christianity is no better than any other faith. All religions lead to God.”

How would you answer questions like these?

Check out this article by Deal Hudson, which provides practical answers to 12 common claims that you have probably heard when discussing matters of faith with others who do not share your beliefs: 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer.

We must never forget to defend the truth of our Faith at all times, even when it is most difficult. As our beloved Pope John Paul II reminds us, “The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.”

Share our CatholicsComeHome.org site with your friends this Lenten Season! God bless!

Testimonial from Diocese of Green Bay

We received this inspiring CCH testimonial from a parishioner in the Diocese of Green Bay, WI where CCH ads are currently airing this Lent:

“I was away from the Church for several years until 9/11/01.  I was in tower 2 in NYC when the second plane struck that tower. I was one of the lucky ones. I have been trying to give back to the Church ever since.  Our diocese is kicking off Catholics Come Home this Lent.  I want to be apart of this effort in my parish.  I have volunteered to be a partner to anyone wishing to talk about “coming home” to the Church. – John”

Visit CatholicsComeHome.org as part of your daily Lenten commitment to spend more time with Christ and His Catholic Church.

Thoughts on Lent from our Holy Fathers…

“Conversion to Christ, believing in the Gospel, ultimately means this: to exit the illusion of self-sufficiency in order to discover and accept one’s own need—the need of others and God, the need of His forgiveness and His friendship.” -Pope Benedict XVI, Lenten Message 2010

PopeBenedictXVI“In our own day, fasting seems to have lost something of its spiritual meaning, and has taken on, in a culture characterized by the search for material well-being, a therapeutic value for the care of one’s body. Fasting certainly bring benefits to physical well-being, but for believers, it is, in the first place, a ‘therapy’ to heal all that prevents them from conformity to the will of God.” -Pope Benedict XVI, Lenten Message 2009

“How should we respond to the invitation to conversion that Jesus addresses to us in this time of Lent? How can there be a serious change in our life? First of all, we must open our hearts to the penetrating call that comes to us from the Liturgy. The time of preparation for Easter is a providential gift from the Lord and a precious opportunity to draw closer to him, turning inward to listen to his promptings deep within.” -Pope John Paul II, Lenten Message 2001Pope JPII

“It is my fervent hope that believers will find this Lent a favorable time for bearing witness to the Gospel of charity in every place, since the vocation to charity is the heart of all true evangelization. To this end I invoke the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church and pray that she will accompany us on our Lenten journey.” -Pope John Paul II, Lenten Message 2003

To grow in your Catholic Faith this Lenten season, visit CatholicsComeHome.org.