Lapsed Catholics what do you do about them? A friend of mine talking about a huge family in his parish said, "I have been in their house in the last three years far more than they have been in God's house. They say it was my predecessor who put them "off", but he used to go every week for three months to prepare their sick grandfather to prepare him for reception into the Church".
I took a couple of parishioners, at vast expense to a concert a few month ago, they had been a bit shakey in their practice before that, but I haven't seen them since.
I don't know if it is my lack of visiting skills but rarely have I managed to bring back a lapsed Catholic by visiting them.
What statistics there are, no-one seems to have done a serious study, seem to indicate most people stop coming to Mass when there is a change in there lives or a change in the Church, most especially a change in parish priest, or a change in Mass times.
Those who do not practice, invariably suggest they haven't lost their faith, they just don't see the point in coming to Mass anymore. It could be that they have never seen the point in coming, that despite years in Catholic education, years coming to Mass they have never bought into what the Church understands by the Mass.
I think that during Lent we are going to have a period of Exposition for the lapsed and get people to sign-up to do some extra penance for their return.