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Evangelization Sunday set for Jan. 23


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BRAINTREE -- This Sunday, every Catholic in the Archdiocese of Boston will have the chance to participate in an archdiocesan-wide effort to welcome lapsed Catholics back to the Church.

The first ever Evangelization Sunday will be celebrated in the archdiocese Jan. 23 as an effort to introduce churchgoers to Catholics Come Home, a nationwide program the archdiocese is launching over the coming months to bring lapsed Catholics back to Mass and the practice of the faith.

Evangelization Sunday will include a video homily by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and a second collection with all proceeds benefitting Catholics Come Home. Worshipers will also receive pew cards with information about how to welcome fallen-away Catholics back to the Church.

Archdiocese of Boston Secretary for Faith Formation and Evangelization Janet Benestad said Evangelization Sunday is a chance for Cardinal O'Malley to "invite Catholics in the archdiocese to reflect on people they know who have fallen away from the Church and invite them back."

She also called the Sunday "an opportunity for parishioners to examine what they can do."

Catholics Come Home was officially announced by the Archdiocese of Boston one year ago, and will officially launch in the archdiocese with a press conference at a parish on Ash Wednesday, Mar. 9.

Locally, Catholics Come Home will include commercials to air during Lent.

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