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Church to ‘Welcome Home’ lapsed believers

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Fewer than half of all U.S. residents who identify themselves as Catholics attend church regularly, according to figures from the CARA Catholic Poll. That leaves a lot of people who could be open to returning to the active fold, according to Catholic leaders.

That’s the very idea behind the annual Lenten “Welcome Home Catholics” program beginning March 12 at Columbus’ St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1306 27th St. The five weekly Wednesday sessions will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and cover the Mass, the sacraments, the church’s uniqueness and other topics, according to organizers.

The program simply reacquaints non-practicing Catholics with their faith and is conducted in an informal manner and setting. Catholics are among the largest religious group locally. And St. Bartholomew, with a weekly Mass attendance of about 4,200, is Bartholomew County’s largest single church.

The five sessions will be conducted by the Rev. Clem Davis, pastor of St. Bartholomew; the Rev. Doug Marcotte, associate pastor; parish staff members and volunteers.

Participants may attend as many sessions as their schedules permit. There is no pressure to join the church and no questions asked about why attendees left or fell away from actively practicing their faith.

Information: 379-9353, ext. 240 or

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