At some point in your journey back to the Church, confession becomes a richly important part, as is the case for those still in the Church. Not for any other reason than that Christ is there for us, waiting with his mercy to free us and help us. It is also a 'yes' for Christ because he wants to be able to reach us, and he can't unless we turn our hearts to him. It doesn't matter if it's been even 20 years or more since your last confession. It is a key if you like, a key that will open the door towards freedom. Jesus Christ himself absolves us through the priest because he wants us to be free from what impedes us. The sacrament of confession is a gift that restores grace, it is there to help us grow stronger, happier and freer in ourselves and our faith. It is there to bring us closer into relationship with God and each other. Through confession we are receiving the forgiveness and freedom we have gained through Christ dying for us, and are freed from what narrows us in our lives. Bit by bit through opening ourselves up to our merciful God and asking him to enter our difficulties, we can come to discover a depth to ourselves, how we were truly made to be, which is only good.
"For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope."
The following links may help with a route back to church and lists organisations whose aim is to offer a welcome to Catholics who for different reasons no longer or rarely attend Mass, and are looking for a fresh start.
Alpha in a Catholic Context
Alpha is a very effective initial presentation of the core of the Gospel, the kerygma - meaning the Gospel message of salvation in Jesus Christ.
Contact: Michael Roche
020 7052 0485
Keeping in Touch
An organisation that you can contact if you are looking for a way back to Church.