By now most Catholics have heard of the RCIA program or process and understand it as classes for adults who are interested in becoming Catholic and in part, that is correct. The acronym RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and is best understood as a process not a program. Why? Because choosing to become Catholic for an adult calls for much discernment which means time spent looking into, gathering information and having questions answered about a path one is choosing in life. For instance, many people discern where they want to get their education or how they will pursue a career. Choosing a church to belong to, one that can assist you in growing in love with Jesus and his people calls for discernment as well. To assist those discerning, our Catholic Church offers support through the RCIA process.
Each person comes to this process with a unique background; some baptized in Jesus Christ, some not. Some people take years to discern whether or not they want to join the Catholic Church, others come having already made up their mind. The RCIA process can also prepare Catholic adults or teens to receive the sacraments of Confirmation, Eucharist and Reconciliation. As I stated previously every person’s faith journey is different. Our role as a community
of faith is to meet our friends where they are at and teach them the Good News of Jesus Christ. By our commitment to welcoming all who are interested we play an important role in their coming to know the Catholic Church and God’s love for them.
I said “we” because RCIA is not simply part of one person’s job description; it is the responsibility of every baptized person in this parish and beyond. Do you know of someone who may be thinking about joining the Church, perhaps an adult who would like to be confirmed or you might be the spouse of a Catholic and would just like to have some questions answered. Maybe it is you, a baptized Catholic, who would simply like to learn more about the Catholic Church, its teaching and traditions. If you know of someone, please invite them to join us for: Casual Conversation About the Catholic Church - Monday, October 9th in the Gathering Place – 6:00-7:30 p.m.
I sincerely look forward to meeting many and providing a safe place where all can ask questions without having to make a commitment. If they choose and God wills it, they will be open to and look forward to taking part in the RCIA process, each in their own time. I ask you to join me in prayer for those who may attend. You might consider inviting someone and show your hospitality by accompanying them on Monday, October 9th.
Anyone with questions who cannot attend our gathering on October 9th, I invite to give me a call at 252-1363. I look forward to our conversation!
Blessings and peace be yours,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
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