A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
Ministry & Life Perspectives
August 8, 2020
The Baptism of the Lord
January 12, 2019
“You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.”
On this Sunday, we as a Church bring to a close the Christmas season as we celebrate “The Baptism of the Lord” which marks the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus Christ. From the serenity of the stable as his parents welcomed their new born son and the world welcomed their Savior, we now begin the journey with Jesus to the Cross.
It is interesting in today’s Readings to hear how the people of time were going to John the Baptist, the offspring of Elizabeth who jumped in the womb of his mother, as Mary shared with her cousin that she was to bear a Son by the Holy Spirit. While still in the womb, it seems John the Baptist knew of his call to lead others to the one who would save all people from sin. These incredible Scripture passages mark the very beginning of the Christian lives we live today.
We are Christians, baptized into the life and death of Jesus Christ. In baptism we become one in the family of God, the Body of Christ. As Catholics we profess our faith in Jesus, his life, his death, his resurrection and our call to take that Good News to the world, welcoming all who come to believe.
So on this day of the Baptism of the Lord, it seems fitting that we as a parish will celebrate the Rite of Welcome with three adults who are asking for full communion with the Catholic Church. Caitlyn Pederson Matthew Gifford and Rebecca Brovitch
These candidates and their mentors were present at the 8:30 a.m. Mass today and formally stated before our parish community their intentions to seek full communion with the Catholic Church. They will all continue weekly R.C.I.A. classes with hopes of completion so as to enter the Church at the Easter Vigil as they receive both sacrament of Confirmation and Holy Communion.
I ask the entire community to hold Caitlyn, Matthew and Rebecca in prayer as they continue their faith journey and I invite the entire parish to join in welcoming them now as candidates and in April as new members of our Church. To have candidates in our midst who are seeking membership in the Catholic Church provides all believers hope as we continue to grow in faith and love as members of the one Body of Christ.