To Whom It May Concern

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This is a letter I wrote to the Catholic Church a few years ago.  I sent it to my church and the Bishop of Newark’s office.

I am not sure who to send this to so I am sending it to anyone who might listen.  I love God and love being a Catholic.  However, that has not always been the case.

I grew up in the Catholic school system and one of the things I got from it was if you kiss a boy you were going to hell.  (Now that probably wasn’t what was being said but that is what I heard.)

I always had a profound faith and belief in God, Jesus, Mary and the saints.  But I always said to myself “I must not be Catholic if I don’t believe my God would send me to hell for kissing a boy.”

That is when I found myself saying I was spiritual not religious.

Then I met my husband and his family.  They were raised Catholic but some of them have since left the Church for other churches.  I told them I was raised Catholic but was more spiritual.  After that I found myself going to church with them and listening when they told me what was different between the churches.  I then began my journey learning about other churches but also the Catholic Church.

I have found my way back and I am more Catholic than ever and I love my religion.

My reason for writing is to express a wish for the Catholic Church to reach out better to the children, young people and those who are lost.  I have three small children and I want them to grow up feeling the love I now have for being Catholic.  I know it is my job but having help from my church would be great.

The Christian church my in-laws belong to have these awesome programs for kids and I just wish we had programs that made our religion fun and exciting, because it is.  I mean no disrespect to the Catholic Church at all.  I just feel a calling from God to reach those who don’t realize the Catholic Church is God’s church and it is awesome just like God!!

copyright 2014 Sheila M Scarpulla . All rights reserved. No reproduction without written consent

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