Today I would like to take time to introduce to you those who are taking part in RCIA as they prepare for full membership in the Catholic Church. But first, I would like to remind all parishioners the basics of the RCIA process. I use the word process for good reason, it is not simply another “program”, rather it is a time of questioning and discerning one’s relationship with God and a coming to know and understand what God might be calling one to. Programs have time lines in which all participants complete the program in a given amount of time. The RCIA process invites people to participate and encourages them to take time to discern their decision. Some may take (and this is usually the case) an academic year to prepare to become Catholic, for others it could take years, allowing each person to move at their own pace, for no one ought to feel pressured in any way, they must remain free to walk their own faith journey. R.C.I.A. is an acronym for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The Church also provides an R.C.I.C, the Rite of
Christian Initiation of Children. This would be for children who are past the “age of reason” (around 8) and whose parents desire their membership in the Catholic Church.
There are two distinct categories of those preparing to enter the Church:
A Catechumen – one who has never been baptized.
A Candidate – one who is baptized in a Christian church, whether Catholic or Protestant.
These both are seeking full membership in the Catholic Church and will receive the sacraments of Baptism (if a catechumen), Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. The process is filled with study, teaching, Scripture, Tradition and includes Rites that are shared with the whole of the faith community. I ask that all parishioners hold in prayer these who are seeking membership:
Robert Fann – Candidate – Rob was baptized in the Episcopalian Church and is seeking full membership in the Catholic Church. He tells us it is in witnessing his girlfriend’s Catholic faith and attending Mass with her and her children that inspired him to begin the RCIA process. He is drawn to the moral teaching and the practice of the faith. His mentor, one who attends classes with him and supports him in his journey, is our parishioner, Mark Kuhl.
Dillon Kleinow – Catechumen – Dillion has not been baptized but has attended the Catholic Church as he grew up. He is engaged to be married to Melissa Schwegel who is a member of our parish. She is attending classes with him as his mentor. Dillon looks forward to a future that includes raising a family in the Catholic faith.
Nicole Cheney – Catechumen – Nikki is married, she and her husband Mark, who is Catholic, are preparing to have Mom and their three children baptized as they look forward as a family to participation in the Catholic Church. Nikki is being mentored by a Catholic friend, Brittany Heim.
The RCIA process offers both those participating and all members of our faith community a mutual benefit, for as we pray for our candidate and catechumens we are drawn closer to God and as they witness our lived faith the same becomes a gift to them. Please remember all in prayer.
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC