At our meeting last Thursday evening for those adults exploring Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, we had two ladies: one from South Korea who discovered our meeting on our excellent website and a lady from Portugal who was impressed with the quality of our welcome and the experience of Sunday Mass. Today we reflect on our efforts to reach out and to share the joy of meeting and choosing to follow Jesus Christ. Our group on Thursday evening were delighted to see these enquirers turning to Christ.

Only 13% of baptised Catholics in our diocese practice their faith. 87% are now “resting” or “lapsed”. In todays strong secular culture, faith struggles to survive. The number of Catholics leaving the church is worrying. Many regulars seem to only attend Sunday Mass once or twice a month. Home Mission Sunday reminds us that we are called to share the joy of the Gospel with our family and friends.