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Nancy Polacek is the Coordinator for the Strategic Pastoral Plan in the Office of Parish Life & Formation.

Monday, December 27, 2010

"Behold, I make all things new" Revelation 21:5

It's time for a new beginning and a little "house-keeping" is in order! What will you throw out and what will you keep? I'm not talking about old appliances or out-of-date clothing, but rather old patterns of behavior that hold us back from giving and receiving love.

Maybe the change is as simple as finding a few minutes a day to rest in God's love. Through prayer and meditation that spark of faith grows brighter, and it becomes easier to move from a lifestyle of selfishness to one of service.

Because of the Catholics Come Home® efforts whole parish communities have shifted their patterns. Pastors have asked that all people pray for evangelization. Parishioners are encouraged to welcome strangers and invite someone to Mass who has been away from the practice of their faith.

Change is also the recurring theme in the phone calls and e-mails I have received recently. People have seen the Catholics Come Home ads and decided it's time to live differently, to make their faith a priority. The story I've heard most often is one that includes the line, "I think it's time to go back to church."

There are thousands of stories like that in the Chicago area alone. A few brave people have offered to have their faith story recorded and posted on our website. Take a look at the videos and allow these stories to surprise and inspire you.

If you want to make some personal changes and you're not sure where to begin, try a suggestion from Everyday Evangelization. This little pamphlet has dozens of ways that you can share your faith with someone else.

Out with the old and in with the new.

Happy New Year!

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Monday, December 27, 2010 12:24 PM

Ms. Polacek,

This is a wonderful piece and I give you credit for the Catholic Come Home campaign. I have longed believe that the church was better off appealing to, "Fallen away" Catholics. However I have seen a dramatic turn away from the Church by friends, neighbors and associates. Some blame the scandals, other have various reasons. I can see your job is not easy and I wish you well in the efforts and pray that it is successful

Thomas S.

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