Catholics who feel separated from the church because of divorce, doubts, lifestyle or painful memories will be welcome at a number of Come Home events this fall in Western New York.
Parishes in the Southtowns and in Southern Chautauqua County will hold three-night Come Home Programs. Participants will identify their concerns on the first night and address them in miniworkshops on the second and third nights.
The Southtowns program will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, 14 and 21 in Fourteen Holy Helpers Parish Center, 1345 Indian Church at Union roads, West Seneca.
Southern Chautauqua County's program will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 and 29 and Nov. 5 in St. James School, 10 Prospect St., Jamestown.
A monthly Come Home Lecture Series will be presented from October through March at St. Leo Parish Center, 2748 Military Road, Niagara Falls.
Rev. Gary J. Bagley, Diocese of Buffalo Youth Department director, will open the series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 with a talk, "How to Deal with Negative Emotions."
Other topics and dates in the series will be "The Truth about Annulments," Nov. 10; "Finding God in the Depths of Your Heart," Dec. 8; "Why Bad Things Happen," Jan. 12; "How to Go to Confession," Feb. 9; and "Dealing with Doubts," March 9. Each will begin at 7:30 p.m.
An evening of prayer, listening and information will be held Oct. 6 by parishes in Genesee County for individuals with a family member or friend who is away from the church.
The session will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Notre Dame High School, 73 Union St., Batavia.
All programs are open and free -- with no reservations required. For more information, call the Come Home Hot Line at 847-8729 or call toll-free at 1-888-407-2560.