Inactive Catholics

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Parish leaders today routinely say they see empty pews on Sunday morning, and watch parents drop their children off for religious education, but never see these parents at Sunday Mass.


Research backs up these observations. A 2008 study, Sacraments Today, Belief and Practice among U.S. Catholics, by the Center for the Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), reported some challenging findings. The study revealed that 23% of adult Catholics attended Mass weekly in 2008, and 56% of adult Catholics rarely or never attend Mass, or attend only a few times a year (p. 20).

Here is the good news: many inactive Catholics today are open to receiving an invitation to reconnect with their faith, and some will respond positively to the invitation to return.

Paulist Evangelization Ministries offers numerous resources for helping to reach out to inactive Catholics and for helping people to reconnect.

Click on the image above to find out about the resources for Catholics Reaching Out   Click above to learn about Awakening Faith: Reconnecting with Your Catholic Faith.

Introduction to Awakening Faith

Description: Fr. Frank DeSiano, CSP, president of PNCEA, introduces Awakening Faith, a resource for helping Catholic re-connect with the faith. 
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