One of the most common laments heard in Catholic circles today is one of pain and frustration when a loved one has left the practice of the Catholic Faith. Seeing that any loved one â€“ a child, grandchild, friend or relative â€“ no longer follows the life-giving teachings of the Catholic Church is heartbreaking. Frustration accompanies the pain, for we ask ourselves: What can I do? How can I help this person to return to their baptismal faith? Often it seems like nothing can be done, and we are simply left in our pain and frustration.
The Office of Evangelization for the Diocese of Venice is here to help. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, there will be an all-day Apologetics Conference to help equip Catholics to better explain and defend their Faith. The theme of this conference is â€śBringing Home the Lost Sheep,â€ť emphasizing our effort to help Jesus, the Good Shepherd, bring back those who have left the Catholic Church.
The conference will include talks by Jennifer Fulwiler, a former atheist who is now Catholic; Eric Sammons, the Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Venice; Father Dennis Cooney, Pastor of St. Raphael Parish in Lehigh Acres; and Dr. Andrea Molinari, President of the Rice School. Their presentations will focus on practical ways to help and encourage others to reconsider a decision to leave the Church, and how to respond when a loved one challenges our Catholic beliefs.
The conference will be at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Venice and will run from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The day will include Mass, as well as a continental breakfast and lunch. The cost is $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. You can register at the Diocese of Venice website dioceseofvenice.org, or mail your check (made out to â€śDiocese of Veniceâ€ť) to: Diocese of Venice, Office of Evangelization, P.O. Box 2006, Venice, FL 34284.
Questions? Contact the Office of Evangelization at 941-486-4740 or email@example.com.
If you have a loved one who has left the Church, you donâ€™t want to miss this conference!