For Catholic Moms and Dads

Check out these articles, recently published on IntegratedCatholicLife.org and TheRadicalLife.org.

mother-and-daughter-walking-featured-w480x300-300x187Article for Catholic Moms: 10 Lessons from My Mom on How to Be a Great Mother

It is amazing how much my pregnancy has given me pause for reflection on my relationship with my own mother, and on the qualities that make her the most remarkable role model in my life. I can honestly say that my mother is the most saintly person I know — an unmatched giving, loving, patient, faithful, prayerful woman who knows her life’s work is to be a wife and mother, and boy does she live out her vocation well.
If I am half as good at being a mother as my mother is, than I think my children will be exceedingly blessed. But I certainly have my work cut out for me. Fortunately, after observing my mother’s graceful living over the past 24 years of my life, I’ve picked up on some of her unsaid but well-lived tips for being a great mom. Read more

Article for Catholic Dads: It’s My Fault

Being a father is a radical responsibility. One that’s been neutered of its uniqueness and weight and reduced to a mere luxury of the human economy. Well, we may have produced an economy of hard working men (and women), but we’ve also enabled a generation of slacker dads. Even the “good dads” are slackers. And I’m intent on not being one of them. Read more

A Blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter from Catholics Come Home


Dear Friend of CatholicsComeHome.org,

We pray your Holy Week and Easter celebrations are full of grace and joy! In our deep gratitude for our loving God who gave His life for us and founded His Catholic Church, we are blessed to continue to labor in His vineyard, helping to invite more souls home to experience a renewed relationship with the crucified and risen Christ in His Church.

Catholics Come Home® appears on EWTN Live and Relevant Radio!
It’s a great time to be a Catholic. With the recent election of our new Holy Father, the eyes of the world have been on the Church, and we have had an exciting opportunity to invite people all over the world to learn more about the extraordinary plan God has for their lives in the Catholic Church He founded. Check out some of the latest coverage of Catholics Come Home® in the news on Relevant Radio Relevant Radio and on EWTN Live, where I sat down with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, our newest addition to our Catholics Come Home® theological advisory board!

God is working miracles through Catholics Come Home® with your help! Here is Thomas’ powerful story…
I lost my Faith roughly 25 years ago, after losing my high school sweetheart, the girl of my dreams. I was suddenly alone. Father Stan said to me, “It was God’s will.” I couldn’t understand that; I couldn’t accept it. I got mad and said goodbye to God and my family and moved to Vancouver, never to look back.

Five years ago, I was hit by a car as I crossed the street on my way to work. I didn’t know it, but that day, my life changed. I managed to contract an infection in my legs that left me quarantined from almost all of society. My only companions during this time were nurses covered from head to toe in plastic and facemasks. I felt very much alone in this world. I blamed God. My legs healed, finally, and I was able to start looking for work again. I still felt bitter towards God for leaving me all alone in this world. I cursed and swore at God and hated every moment of being alive. I blamed God for not just killing me. Even today I still get teary-eyed thinking that I could have been full of so much hate for God and Jesus.

What changed? In the fall of 2012, I started to see the Catholics Come Home commercials on TV. At first I was not interested. Then at Christmas something ‘snapped’ and I knew that I had to come back to God. I saw several of these ads on TV and inside something was stirring in my soul. I prayed for forgiveness at my foolishness for what happened after the car accident. I read the book Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life and [Tom’s recommended book] Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence, and that’s when everything lit up. I understood the pain and suffering. I am thankful that I will be in Mass again. It was your ads that made all the difference. I think if they had not been there, I probably would have continued to drift and disappear. –Thomas M., Vancouver, Canada

Watch for the final airing of the Catholics Come Home® “Epic” evangomercial™ in “The Bible” Easter Sunday!
As you may have noticed from our previous e-mail updates, the response to our “Epic” evangomercials™ on the History Channel’s The Bible has been huge! Our inboxes have been full of emails from Catholics reenergized about their faith, fallen-away Catholics inquiring about coming home, and non-Catholics curious to learn more about the Catholic Church. One woman reached out to us on Facebook, sharing, ” I came home last week after seeing the commercial.” Praise God! Be sure to tune in to see the final airing of “Epic” during the miniseries this Easter Sunday at 8 p.m. EST. Thanks to your generous support, we are extending the invitation to come home to millions of viewers tuning in on the glorious day on which we celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection!

Thanks to your generous spiritual and financial support, we have made unprecedented headway this Lent in inviting millions of souls home to the Catholic Church and encouraging them to discover God’s plan for their lives. Please help us keep the momentum going so the Holy Spirit can bring more growth to the work of Catholics Come Home®!

As always, we thank you for your continued support of our mission to invite Catholics and non-Catholics home to the Catholic Church.

Your brother in Christ,

Tom Peterson and your CatholicsComeHome.org team

Help Air CCH Commercials During “The Bible” on History Channel!

Dear Friend of CatholicsComeHome.org,

Have you heard? The secular History Channel is airing a new series: The Bible, premiering on March 3. I was excited to meet with the producers of the epic 5-week mini-series a few times, Emmy winning husband and wife team Mark Burnett and RomaDowney. We share a passion for evangelization and a love of the Bible.

For two hours each Sunday night, millions of viewers around the country will watch the story of salvation history, stretching from Genesis to Revelation, in a stunning visual TV presentation, with the final episode of the series, featuring Christ’s death and Resurrection, airing on Easter Sunday.

Catholics Come Home® wants to air commercials during the show!
Imagine how many viewers of all different faith backgrounds–and many fallen-away Catholics–and even people on their faith journey for the first time will be watching the series on the popular History Channel! Though I haven’t seen the whole miniseries yet, I do know the impact that our “Epic” ad could have on the audience. How great it would be if we could join together to promote the Good News of the Catholic Church that Jesus founded by airing Catholics Come Home® commercials during this highly-acclaimed national programming.

Read what Cardinal Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington has to say about the series:
The Bible, the made-for-TV video, seeks to introduce a new generation to the Bible, the great book of the works of God. It does so with great passion, exquisite skill and cinemagraphic triumph. My hope is that this video presentation, The Bible, may bring alive its many stories in people’s minds and hearts so that they may be drawn to rediscover the Bible and rejoice in its saving message.

We need your help!
Our goal is to have more people be touched by the “Epic” ad, like our friend Deborah was, who recently emailed us explaining how she put off coming home to the Catholic Church for years, “until I saw the Catholics Come Home commerical in December 2011 [during the national campaign]. I said ‘Ok, Lord, I’ll go.’ I walked into my parish in Indiana on January 1, 2012 and found home! I enrolled that week in the RCIA program and was baptized that April. I am very active in church and love everyone and everything in our parish. It was a lot of years of seeking but I am finally home!”

We would like everyone tuning into The Bible to see Catholics Come Home® commercials air during the breaks, but we can’t do this without your help. Willyou please prayerfully consider making a donation to help us in this national TV effort, that will require our investment of nearly $200,000? Your gift will help reach millions of souls with the message that the story of salvation history continues today in Christ’s Catholic Church!

Thank you for your continued support of Catholics Come Home® and for joining me on this exciting journey of faith in Christ’s Catholic Church!

Your brother in Christ,

Tom Peterson and your CatholicsComeHome.org team

Happy Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist!

Today we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist, the great herald of the Gospel, preparing the way for Christ. John recognized his mission from God to point to the son of God and the coming of the Kingdom, and he lived that vocation with great passion…even unto death. His attitude toward Christ is summed up in his beautiful words:

“He must increase; I must decrease.” (John 3:30)

We can all learn from John and point others toward Christ every day of our lives. How can you bring the Good News to people in your life today and this week?

John the Baptist, pray for us!

CCH Featured Bible Passage: Do Not Be Anxious

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.”

Do you often get overwhelmed and anxious about what the future holds? Matthew 6:34 reminds us to trust God by living in the present moment.

“Pray, hope and don’t worry. Anxiety doesn’t help at all. Our Merciful Lord will listen to your prayer.” -Padre Pio

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National Catholic Bible Conference coming to ATLANTA!

Catholics Come Home is excited to be a sponsor for the 2011 National Catholic Bible Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, July 22-23. Mark your calendars early! The theme of the conference is “The Great Conversation: Encountering God’s Word.” This is a can’t-miss event with fantastic speakers and an opportunity to learn more about the Word of God and how better to share it with others. See the NCBC’s website (http://catholicbibleconference.com/) for a speaker list and more details about the event. Hope to see you there!

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Walking With GodGet a copy of the new book, Walking With God, by Dr. Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins. This fantastic book takes you on a journey through the narrative books of the Bible, unlocking the mysteries and riches of Sacred Scripture, which are applicable and needed in our world and personal lives today.

Want to learn more about Sacred Scripture? Get a copy of Dr. Ted Sri’s The Bible CBible Compassompass, an excellent companion to help you navigate through the Scriptues and gain a better understanding of the tools needed to help you get the most out of your Bible study experience. This book will remind you that with a Catholic approach to studying Scripture, you can grow tremendously in your relationship with Christ and His Catholic Church.

Get more great books at CatholicsComeHome.org!