People have different reasons for not practising their faith, not coming to Church. Some of the reasons may seem silly with hindsight, and other reasons may be quite serious. Regardless of your reasons for not coming to Church, you are always welcome home. We are waiting and we have missed you.
How can I feel welcome again after experiencing hurt at the hands of people in the Church?
It is difficult when we feel like our fellow Christians aren’t acting very Christian toward us or toward others. The Church is the ‘hospital for sinners’. We are made up of sinful, imperfect people, who will disappoint and who may seem ‘hypocritical’. But rather than distancing yourself from the Holy Eucharist and the Catholic Church that Christ founded, consider to the one unchanging constant in the Church, the one who never lets us down. That’s the reason we come to Church after all, to encounter Jesus Christ himself. Cling to him, remember why you are Catholic—not because all Catholics always represent the mercy and love of Jesus perfectly well, but because the Catholic Church was founded by Jesus, administers the sacraments, and contains the fullness of Truth, helping all of us to draw closer to God and grow in holiness.
Do not allow the actions of some to be a stumbling block for you, causing you to lose faith in the Church as a whole. Discuss your frustrations with a priest or deacon, and start your journey back home. People may disappoint, but God never leaves us, and He is always present in the Church.