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Catholics 101
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Ever wanted to know more about the Catholic faith? Or perhaps you used to attend Mass and want to get back in touch with the faith of your childhood.

St. Pius X Catholic Church is inviting everyone interested to a series of weekly informal classes called "Catholics 101." The free sessions, lasting at least four weeks, will cover basic aspects of the Catholic faith. They're designed to appeal to those who are new members, regular members, returning Catholics or those in the general public interested in learning more about the Catholic faith.

Fr. Tim Gallagher, parochial vicar of St. Pius, said, "Some people drifted away in their young adult years after high school. They stopped going to church because it was something that they didn't feel that they had to do anymore. They either got busy with work, college, or relationships and so other things in life took priority. Since going to Mass was a family event, when they were away from their family, they tended not to go to Mass. But they felt something missing and returned to fill that void with the faith of their childhood."

Gallagher explained that there are many other reasons. "Others simply did not grow in their own faith until they hit a crisis in their life. They began to look for comfort and healing and found it in the Church."

The series is a part of national campaign called "Catholics Come Home," designed to reach out to people who have drifted away or are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church. More information about the campaign can be found at or

Fr. Tim Gallagher, parochial vicar, and volunteers Keith Moore and Gerald Rakestraw, will lead the classes for "Catholics 101" beginning this Sunday, January 16, at 9:45 a.m. For more information, visit the church's website at or call the church office at (770) 483-3660.