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St. Dominic's Catholic Church
2390 Bush St., San Francisco, CA 94115, 415-567-7824,

DoveLandings Program for Returning Catholics

  • Are you an inactive Catholic thinking about practicing your faith again?
  • Were you raised Catholic but seldom come to Church anymore?
  • Do you feel separated from the Church and want to know more?
  • Have you felt unwelcome, uncomfortable, or just unsure where to begin?

ST. DOMINIC’S Landings program welcomes you home!

Landings offers a welcoming, safe place for inactive Catholics to explore returning to the practice of their faith, in the company of practicing Catholics, some of whom have also been away and returned. Landings provides a unique opportunity to share your own story, hear other's spiritual journeys, and talk about issues of faith in an open, respectful, nonjudgmental manner.

With 8-10 participants in each session, it models a small parish faith community that is inclusive, supportive, and recognizes with honesty the issues Catholics face.

When we meet

Landings groups meet one night a week for 10 weeks in one of the parish meeting rooms.
Landings is currently held once in the fall and once in winter.

The Next session starts in September

Two Landings groups are available:

  • Monday nights: September 15 – November 17, 7:00 – 9:00 pm and
  • Tuesday nights: September 16 – November 18, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Typical meeting agenda

  • Welcome and opening prayer
  • Spiritual journey storytelling. One person tells their personal faith story each night. 
  • Reflections on Catholic themes. Each week we discuss, share our personal experiences and answer questions about one of the following topics: 
  1. Who is God? 
  2. Why follow Jesus? 
  3. The Holy Spirit and the Church 
  4. Baptism and Confirmation 
  5. Eucharist and Liturgy 
  6. Sin and Reconciliation 
  7. Vocation 
  8. Suffering, Death and Resurrection 
  9. The Catholic Life 
  10. Christian Prayer
  • Closing prayer

Video testimonial

This video of former Landings participants might give you a sense of how returning Catholics experience the program. 

For more information or to join a Landings session

Inactive Catholics considering whether to return to the practice of the faith, call or email

Tom Ward: 415/730-8287,
Steve Maraccini: 415/370-2567,

Active Catholics interested in sharing your personal faith story, listening and affirming others, and extending a warm welcome through the Landings ministry, please call or email

Phil Ryan: 415/648-7703,
Gary Price: 415/374-7389,

St. Dominic’s parishioners may also wish to invite friends or family members who are inactive Catholics to participate in Landings or to call for more information.

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