Contact: Deacon Carl Calcara
The Mission of the Seventy-Two
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’” Luke 10:1-5
On average only 21% of Catholics in the US attend Mass on Sundays.
By the age of 23, eight out of ten young adults have stopped going to church.
This means our families, friends, neighbors and our church family are not with us as we celebrate God’s most sacred liturgy.
What can you do to personally reach out to those who have stopped going to Mass?
Start a conversation.
- Share what the Mass means to you; talk about what you enjoy about Mass.
- Gently inquire about why your friend or family member doesn’t attend Mass and then just listen.
- Invite those who have not been to Mass in a while to attend Mass with you.
- Tell them you will meet them at the doors so you can walk in together. Start with a daily Mass. Let them know that Sunday Masses are live-streamed on our website so they can watch a few times before they try a Mass on their own.
- Share the good things going on in your parish.
- Invite them to attend a social event with you, such as a parish picnic, festival, New Year’s Eve party, etc.
- Pray for your loved ones; ask the Lord to bring them back to the church. Let your friends and family know you love them, God loves them, and they are missed.
Do You Have Loved Ones Who Have Stopped Coming to Church? Do you know an inactive Catholic? Maybe they attend Mass infrequently, such as Christmas and Easter, don’t attend Mass at all or maybe they are a neighbor of yours who you know is struggling with issues of faith. We have had promising success at reaching out and encouraging inactive Catholics to give St. John Neumann another try. Please call Deacon Carl, Kim Mazzon or Jackie Sutton at the Parish office, 740-965-1358, and we will call or visit anyone who might want to talk about coming back to the church. Thank you for your discipleship.