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Landings

We recognize you are considering a significant step on your spiritual journey. Some who arrive here, look at this as a journey back to their spiritual home. Others are looking for reconciliation with God and the Church. Whatever your reason for being away, we are glad you have come and we celebrate your desire to take another look.

Welcome! We are glad you are here. You were missed.

What is Landings?

Landings, a reconciliation ministry of the Paulist Fathers, 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 run by lay Catholics, who are in solidarity with those returning because in their own lives they have “returned,” and continue to “return.”

What can I expect?

You can expect a safe place to explore your faith and your future within the Church. In a supportive and confidential setting, you can ask questions, discuss issues and share past and present doubts and difficulties. You can expect an opportunity to be reintroduced to the love of Christ in an open, non-judgmental, and no pressure environment.

I am divorced. Am I allowed to return to the Church?

We have people come to Landings who are in need of healing from a divorce. We find that the Catholic teaching concerning divorce is unfortunately, often misunderstood.

Divorce does not remove one from the Church. The Church understands that one who has gone through a divorce has lived through a very difficult time in their life. There is need for healing and closure. This is the role of the annulment process.
Please contact us so that we can begin to help.

I was baptized but missed my First Communion. What do I need to do?

The needs of every individual are different. Please contact us so we can listen and determine the best way to serve you. It may be through Landings, but it may be through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

I was raised Catholic, but never confirmed. What do I need to do?

There are several Churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago that have Adult Confirmation programs. Information about locations and dates is available here.

Do I have to go back to confession first, before I go back to Mass?

No, you do not have to go to Reconciliation first to attend Mass. This can be a very difficult step for the returning Catholic, so you may want to consider an appointment with a priest first. He can direct you through the steps. Also, you may want to attend Landings, since there is a discussion about Reconciliation included in the program.

I would like to help others return to the Church through Landings.

The Landings team is made up of parishioners who desire to welcome Catholics who are considering returning to the Church. It is helpful if some team members have returned to the Church themselves. The Landings Coordinator is the public face of the Landings ministry and helps to organize and train the Landings team. Please contact Jacqueline our Landings Coordinator at landings@oldstmarys.com to express your interest.