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RETURN

The exodus of young adults from practicing the faith is happening in such large numbers that it affects nearly every family today.

 

Our RETURN outreach provides support, training, and resources to the parents of young adults so that you can guide your children back to a relationship with Jesus and his Church, rather than unintentionally pushing them further away.

You are not alone in this. Share the journey with fellow parents who truly understand, while continuing to learn practical strategies for success. Please join us for our activities below!

RETURN is co-sponsored by Ablaze Mission and Diocesan Marriage & Family Ministry

Home for the Holidays

Steps to Awaken Faith in our Adult Children

Monday, December 4, 2023, 7:00-8:30pm

St. Pius X – Multi-Purpose Room

52553 Fir Road, Granger

(enter through Door 6, across from the south playground)

If you are concerned about an adult child who has strayed from the practice of the faith, you are not alone. Learn steps to awaken faith in your adult children while they are home for the holidays

Sean Allen, Founder of Ablaze Mission, and Lisa Everett, Diocesan Director of Marriage & Family Ministry, will present practical steps to rekindle faith in young adults based on Brandon Vogt’s book, "Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church".

Please join us for this Advent evening of hope and help!

Refreshments will be provided. The evening is free of charge, but please register so that we know how many people to expect.

Questions

Sean Allen

sallen@ablazemission.org

858-354-9006

RETURN Presentation

“The Stages of Returning to the Faith”

by Sean Allen, MDiv

Founder & President of Ablaze Mission

Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 7:00-8:30pm
St. Therese Little Flower – Parish Center

54191 Ironwood Rd, South Bend

 

Parents are often looking for just the right thing to say to bring their adult child back to the Church. However, most often, returning to the faith and the Church involves multiple steps, each with its own characteristics. This presentation teaches you the stages that your child will transition through along their journey home as well as your role at each stage.

Sessions include prayer, table sharing of progress, a presentation, and small group discussion. Participation is free of charge. Registration is requested but not required.

Questions

Sean Allen

sallen@ablazemission.org

858-354-9006

RETURN Prayer Group

Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30pm

St. Therese Little Flower Church – Side Chapel

54191 Ironwood Rd, South Bend

Come to this weekly prayer group to pray for your children and/or grandchildren together with other parents. No commitment required or need to sign up in advance, simply come!

Questions

Dan & Rose Boll

rboll.5267@gmail.com

RETURN Mass

Mass for the Return of

Adult Children to the Faith

Monday, August 28, 2023, 7:00pm
St. Therese Little Flower Church

54191 Ironwood Rd, South Bend

Please join us for a special Mass on the feast of Saint Augustine to pray for the return of our adult children to the faith.

Fr. William Orbih will preside and preach. After Mass, we will pray a Rosary for this same intention. All are welcome.

Questions

Sean Allen

sallen@ablazemission.org

858-354-9006

RETURN Book Study

Mondays, January 9 – February 13, 2023

10-11:30 AM   -or-   7-8:30 PM
St. Therese Little Flower – Parish Center
54191 Ironwood Rd, South Bend

 

Are you looking for a successful strategy to help your adult child/children return to practicing the faith? Gather with fellow parents like you to discuss the book, Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church by Brandon Vogt. This book series consists of 6 weekly sessions.

 

Cost: Free, including the book.

Co-sponsored by Ablaze Mission and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. The sessions are facilitated by Sean Allen, Founder of Ablaze Mission, and Lisa Everett, Diocesan Director of Marriage and Family Life.

Questions

Sean Allen

sallen@ablazemission.org

858-354-9006

Book Study Participants

Read the book Introduction and Chapters 1 & 2 before the first session. If that is not possible, don't hesitate to come join in the discussion anyway!

As you read the book, here are two resources to help you apply the content to your particular situation:

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