WHAT IS THE RCIA?
The: R.C.I.A. stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is a process that the Church established to help lead other people closer to Christ. How do I know if this is for me? Ask yourself:
“Are you … Someone not affiliated with the Catholic Church, but seeking a loving parish community.
Someone who may be baptized into another faith tradition and is interested in the Catholic faith.
Someone who has been baptized but has not received the Sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation.
Someone who is baptized Catholic but knows a little about the faith and desires to really know what being Catholic is all about.
Someone who lives next door to you or on your street and needs a “little nudge” from you asking: “Have you ever thought about becoming a Catholic?”
If you have answered “YES” to any of the above, the RCIA process is for you. The sessions will take place in the Msgr. Fitzgerald Room in the Parish Center beginning Monday, September 20th at 7:00 PM. If you have any additional questions or would like to speak to someone about this process, please feel free to contact SM Lucette Kinecki at the Parish Office (834-4282) between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please note: Any adult over the age of 18 who wants to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation will be part of this RCIA Process.
Do You Know Someone? We all probably know someone who is not Catholic. Perhaps they might have some interesting questions about our faith or might be considering becoming Catholic. Also, there may be an adult over the age of 18 who has not received the Sacrament of Confirmation or Eucharist. This is the time for YOU to share something about your faith and what the Lord has done for you. INVITE them to consider the RCIA Process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). Perhaps a little nudge from you is all that is needed. Its worth a try and the Lord will give you words to share. For more information see Sister Lucette, call her (834-4282), or stop by the office to have a sit-down with her. Now is the time… what will be your response?
RCIA….A JOURNEY OF CONVERSION
"The instructions that catechumens receive during this period should be of a kind that while presenting Catholic teaching ...it also enlightens faith and directs the heart toward God...and nurtures a life completely in accord with the spirit of Christ." (RCIA #78)
Spiritual, or "religious conversion" is the basis for all others.Through this we learn to appreciate life as "a mystery to be lived fully, a gift from God." (Bernard Lonergan, S.J.) Has Spiritual Formation taken root in the catechumen so as to form the basis for all other? Has the catechumen shown a new attitude, behavior and lifestyle which reflects that of Jesus? Has he or she been challenged to begin and/or deepen a life of prayer? Is there a realization that spiritual formation does not stop with the period of the catechumenate, but requires lifelong development? Has reflection on the scriptures brought realization that the Word is alive and relevant to every age that it is a source of profound spiritual enrichment? Is there evidence , as we read in Deuteronomy of "A heart to understand, eyes to see and ears to hear." (Deut 29:4)
If we were being assessed, would we be considered "ready" to move forward in our own journeys?