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


The Landings program offers a welcoming, safe place for inactive Catholics ("returnees") to explore returning to the practice of their faith, in the company of practicing Catholics ("welcomers"), some of whom also have 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. It models a small parish faith community that is inclusive, supportive, and recognizes honestly the issues Catholics face.

LANDINGS specifically offers:

Returning Catholics:
  • a supportive community within which you can ask questions, discuss issues, deal with difficulties;
  • an opportunity to be with ordinary Catholics who are trying to live their faith;
  • a safe environment to come to terms with changes within the Church and yourself.

Active Catholics:

  • a participation in the Church's mission by opening your hearts to those who've been away;
  • an opportunity to share your time and faith;
  • a chance to grow and learn from the spiritual journeys of one another.


The "saved" welcoming the "sinners".
People pressuring others to return.
Full of answers to teach the unenlightened.
Blind to the hurt the Church may have caused someone...


People in solidarity with the returning;
who is their own lives have "returned",
and continue to "return".

Founded on the belief that we do not have
to be trained theologians to share what
we believe, and to speak honestly about
our faith, trusting in the Holy Spirit.



This video, produced by Landings International, might give you a sense for people's experiences of Landings:


Landings sessions are held twice a year, usually in late September and in late January.

This 10-week, one night a week, structured session can be a rewarding experience for those who wish to make meaningful connections with others in our parish. Put together names and stories with the faces you see at Mass, and discover what participation in Landings does for your relationship to God, St. Dominic's and your deeper faith life.


Returnees: You are invited to make individual appointments at any time to talk further about the program, and whether it feels right for you. For more information, contact: Steve Maraccini, 415-441-6312:, or Tom Ward, 928-3235; 415-730-8287 (cell):

Welcomers: Training sessions are held 2 weeks before each session. For more information, contact: Phil Ryan, 415-648-7703:, or Gary Price, 415-374-7389 (home, evenings):

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