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I've been away from the Catholic Church and I'm interested in returning

Are you contemplating a return to Catholic faith and practice? Do you wonder if there's a place for you in today's Catholic Church? 

The answer is yes! In baptism, you became a member of the Church. No matter your reasons for being away, God's love is, always has been and always will be here for you.

There are many reasons that people separate from the Church. These reasons should not be discounted. We encourage you to look further into those reasons in the hope of identifying a way back. This process may require small steps or maybe you're ready to dive right back in! Our hope is to provide you with a place from which a return to your Catholic faith can take place, reconciliation and healing can be found if needed, and your friendship with Jesus can continue to grow.

Learn about the Landings program
Landings is an outreach program for Catholics who, for any number of reasons, have been inactive or away from the Church. Although Landings is a program initiated by the Paulist Fathers over 20 years ago, it is administered by lay Catholics, who are in union with those returning because in their own lives they have "returned," and continue to "return” to their faith.

Read the story of Mary Jo York who returned to the Church in the Diocese of Grand Rapids through the Landings program at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.


Contact a parish with a Landings program:
The Cathedral of Saint Andrew (Grand Rapids)
The clustered parishes of St. Charles (Greenville) and St. Joseph-St. Mary (Belding)
The clustered parishes of St. Francis de Sales and St. Michael (Muskegon)
When you contact a parish, either the pastor or a staff member involved in faith formation would be happy to talk with you and answer questions you may have.

 Other ways to reconnect with your faith:

Catholic Information Center
The Catholic Information Center (CIC) is a place of inquiry and learning! The CIC offers a variety of programs, including a Catholic Inquiry course, created to help provide participants with a deeper personal experience of God. Attend a class at the CIC, or if you're not ready to step through the doors, watch online from your computer or mobile device - the CIC livestreams several classes through its website at Contact the Catholic Information Center by phone, 616-459-7267 or by email

Subscribe to Read the Catechism in a Year or Study the Gospels in a Year (w/Ignatius Study Bible commentary). (Available through Flocknote).