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Welcoming Catholics Home

Has it been a long time since you have been to a Catholic Church, attended Mass, or went to Confession, but you are thinking about returning? Do you go to Mass occasionally but do not really see the point? Do you go to Mass regularly but have yet to experience a deepening connection with Christ or the Church?

We can help.

Please join us for informal evenings of good cheer - wine and appetizers served - where we explore topics that can help reignite your faith and bring you closer to the truth and goodness of Jesus Christ and His Body, the Church. Join us Tuesday evenings 7–8 PM Teacher’s Lounge at St. John Academy. Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

January 9 – EVENING OF FELLOWSHIP AND RE-GIFTING PARTY
Please join us for the first gathering of 2017 following the Christmas Season. Bring a wrapped Christmas gift you received that you would prefer to pass on to someone else for our Re-gifting Party.

January 16 – BECOMING A WITNESS FOR LIFE
Guest speaker, Andrea Delvecchio, St. John Pro-Life Parish Leader, will give us a short version of a newly published 4-part high school curriculum on "Becoming a Witness for Life" that accompanies Terry Beatley's book, What If We've Been Wrong - Keeping My Promise to America's "Abortion King".

January 23 – A SHORT HISTORY OF MUSIC AND IT'S ROLE IN THE MASS
Guest speaker, James Senson, St. John's Director of Music, will treat us to a short history of music, it's role in the Mass, and canonical rules about music and the Mass, why there is music at Mass, and why there are different kinds of music at different parishes and Masses.

January 30 – THE ROLE OF PILGRIMAGES IN CATHOLIC LIFE
Our entire life on earth is considered to be that of being a pilgrim on a pilgrimage to the Heavenly Banquet. Why does the Church encourage us to come away from ordinary life with God on smaller, shorter pilgrimages to holy places or shrines or churches close to home or far from home?

February 6 – INFORMAL GATHERING
There is no presentation. Returning Catholics and CCD parents are invited to gather in St. John's Teachers' Lounge to socialize. Please make yourselves at home and enjoy.

February 13 – LENTEN AND EASTER PRACTICES AND TRADITIONS
Ash Wednesday is on February 14th this year. Just in time, we will have a presentation and discussion of the many Catholic Lenten and Easter practices and traditions and how they deepen our Lenten journey and Easter celebration.

February 20 – EUCHARISTIC MIRACLES
St. John the Beloved will host a three-day presentation in the Gym from March 2-4 on Eucharistic Miracles. The history and scientific verifications will be presented for over 150 of such miracles. Two WCH volunteers have organized this event and will give us a preview. Come and learn about Eucharistic Miracles and why the Church carefully examines and protects the Body and Blood of Our Lord that manifest themselves in visible form from time to time.

February 27 – LESSONS FROM FATIMA - CONTINUING THE STUDY OF OUR LADY'S APPEARANCE AT FATIMA, PORTUGAL 100 YEARS AGO
Fatima expert, Frank Spicer, will join us again and finish sharing his 13 lessons from 20 years of studying the relevance today of Our Lady's messages given at Fatima 100 years ago.

March 6 – INFORMAL GATHERING
There is no presentation. Returning Catholics and CCD parents are invited to gather in St. John's Teachers' Lounge to socialize. Please make yourselves at home and enjoy.

March 13 – THE MYSTERY OF ST. JOSEPH
The Church celebrates St. Joseph on March 19. Let us prepare to come closer to the heart of the man who raised Jesus and was spouse of the Blessed Virgin. Imagine! Scripture records no words of St. Joseph, yet he is a towering figure in Church history and devotion among the saints. We have a guest speaker whose love and devotion to St. Joseph will help us come to know and learn from this singular person in Church history.

March 20 – THE ANNUNCIATION
Since the 7th Century, the Catholic Church has celebrated on March 25th the moment Christ was conceived in the Virgin Mary's womb upon her fiat to the Angel Gabriel. What is the significance of this celebration? What do we learn from this encounter about the Blessed Virgin and her Son?