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Katie Holmes: What She Could Expect at New Church

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Have the Catholics rolled out the welcome mat for Katie Holmes?

Judging by a carefully crafted statement from the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York, issued after Holmes settled her divorce from Scientologist Tom Cruise, it sure seems like it.

Raised in a Catholic family before she embraced Cruise’s Scientology faith, the actress, 33, has reportedly registered as a parishioner at the progressive church located near her new Manhattan apartment she shares with daughter Suri, 6.

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Although neither the church nor Holmes’s rep have commented on the matter, the church posted this statement on its website Friday:

“Various media sources have recently reported that Katie Holmes has become a member of the Church of St. Francis Xavier. While we cannot comment on Ms. Holmes in particular, St. Francis Xavier is a church that strives to carry out the mission of the Gospels by creating a safe, warm, welcoming, and friendly environment for people from all walks of life to practice their Catholic faith.”

The statement adds that the church offers a “vibrant, parishioner-driven community in which the Sacraments are celebrated with joyful reverence, along with an active outreach ministry to those in need.”

The church’s charitable programs include a a weekly “Welcome Table” serving more than 1,000 meals, a men’s shelter, a food pantry, a weekly clothing room and life-skills training program for the homeless.

“Those who attend St. Francis Xavier call this their ‘spiritual home,'” says the statement, “where all are welcome.”

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