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What Do You Remember About Your First Mass? CHNetwork Community Question

January 9, 2017

Many of our members are lifelong practicing Catholics, or Catholics who have returned to the practice of their faith after time away.  However, there are also many CHNetwork members who were children, teenagers, or even adults before they ever experienced their first Mass.  There are still other members of our community who are interested in the Catholic faith, but have yet to go to Mass for the first time.  That being said, we posed this question to our CHNetwork members and readers: ... more
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Fr Thomas Wray – Former Episcopal Priest

December 28, 2016

Fr. Thomas Wray was a firmly committed Anglican, but as he progressed in his priesthood, several questions began to trouble him.  He saw the core principles of Christian unity dissolving in his own tradition, and wondered where his place was in all of it.  He became drawn to the witness of Bl. John Henry Newman, and his search for a historical Christianity in the apostolic tradition led him closer and closer to eventually becoming an ordained Catholic priest.  He currently serves in the office of religious education for the Archdiocese ... more
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A Chance Remark Rocks My World

December 9, 2016

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CHNetwork Community Responds: Protestant vs Catholic Worship Music Wars

August 12, 2016

This week, we asked our members about music preferences in the Churches they attended before becoming Catholic.  Many strong opinions came out, but what was notable about the experiences you related was the idea that Catholicism was still Catholicism despite reasonable differences in liturgy, while protestant congregations had trouble maintaining unity between congregations of different musical orientations.  A sampling of the responses: ... more
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New CHNetwork Community Question: Worship Music Wars

August 8, 2016

We don’t often talk liturgical preference at CHNetwork, but this week, doing so will hopefully help provide important insight into the way that worship styles unite or divide believers.  This week’s question goes as follows: ... more
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The Schism: Influences from Henry VIII to Elizabeth – Msgr Frank Lane – Deep in History

August 5, 2016

In this 2006 Deep in History lecture, Msgr Frank Lane discusses how the troubled relationship between England and Rome evolved from the schism of Henry VIII through the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Msgr Lane looks at the key historical points necessary to understand contemporary efforts toward reconciliation between the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church. ... more
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Seth Paine: Former Nondenominational Christian

July 12, 2016

Seth, the Web and New Media Developer for the Coming Home Network, tells about his journey to the Catholic Church, beginning with his childhood raised by parents who had just rediscovered their Christian faith themselves.  Growing up in Massachusetts, Seth was active in youth ministry and short term missions, going on to apply his IT skills in the developing world, and discovering a deep appreciation for the universality of the Church.  Along the way, he continued to study everything he could get his hands on to grow in his Christian ... more
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CHN Community Responds: Regarding the Word “Catholic” in the Creeds

July 8, 2016

This time around, we decided to ask our members how their former congregations treated the word “Catholic” if or when they recited the Nicene/Apostles Creeds in corporate worship.  Before we get to their answers, here’s what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says about it in its section on the Four Marks of the Church: ... more
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Deacon Alex Jones – Former Pentecostal Minister

June 28, 2016

Deacon Alex has been a guest on the program before, to talk about how he, as a Pentecostal minister, came into the Catholic Church and brought a significant chunk of his congregation with him.  This time around, he and Marcus Grodi discuss the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer, and how the spirit-filled life and the liturgical patrimony of the Church are meant to bear fruit together.  They also get into the question of what the Church can do better when it comes to reaching ... more