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If the Catholic Church is going to survive, it needs to look like THIS,
This review is from: Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter (Paperback)
I got this book before noon Mass on Sunday and finished reading it by the time my kids went to bed that night. I couldn't wait to get the story behind Nativity, since I have been considering becoming a parishioner for years now. I was born and raised Catholic, attended Catholic school for 12 years, and managed to stay faithful to Mass attendance throughout my adult life, mostly out of obligation, and despite the fact that I married a Methodist. I happened to attend the Church of the Nativity when my first set of twins were getting ready to make their First Communion. They had a weekly assignment to prove their attendance at Mass, and being a nurse who worked mostly weekends and odd shifts, it was often difficult to take them to church. One of the nurses I worked with recommended Nativity due to their convenient Mass times. So I took my girls to the 5:30 pm Sunday Mass and was blown away. I had never seen or heard such things - a video screen, a pre-Mass talk show, friendly greeters, soul-lifting music, and a message that spoke to my very heart! It actually brought me to tears. We came back for several weeks, but then had to go back to our old church due to ties to our school's parish and the distance from our home. But Nativity stayed in our minds. The kids called it the "rock and roll church" and begged to go back (kids BEGGING to go to church? REALLY!) My parents objected - stating there was no way that could be a "real" Catholic church if I had enjoyed it that much. But after reading this book, I am convinced that Fr. White has found the perfect blend of our true Catholic faith with the hospitality and evangelization of successful Protestant churches. It is real Catholicism, the way it needs to be if we are to survive into the future. Recently, we moved to a home near to Nativity, and I have actually changed my job so that I can be off on weekends - all so that I can fully bring my family into this Church. This is visionary, this is BIG and I want them to be a part of it. Fr. White is offering all Catholic parishes the opportunity to make similar changes by sharing his story with admirable honesty. When you are finished reading this book, pass it on...you may well save your own church by doing so!
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Initial post: Jun 18, 2014 12:17:51 AM PDT
Donna M. Sesock-Miller says:
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