FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Although we hate to recognize this, summer is beginning to come to a close. The days are getting shorter, and this week we see cooler temps, although more seasonal temps are in the forecast. For parents and teachers, the planning for an uncertain fall are underway for the new school year, but I am sure kids are trying to make the summer last as long as possible. Our churches, too, are beginning to prepare for the fall and the opportunities to grow in our relationship with God. One way we do this is through RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) classes.
What is RCIA?
RCIA is the process through which most adults
interested in becoming Catholic Christians learn about the Catholic faith, and enter into full communion with the Church. It is not a program that one ‘graduates’ from. Rather, it is the beginning of a lifelong journey whereby one enters into a deeper relationship with their Creator. Just as marriage is not a graduation celebration, but is a celebration of love that last a lifetime, RCIA is the beginning of a lifetime experience of coming to know God, and all He desires for you.
How often do you meet?
Normally, there are weekly meetings, which last about
an hour and a half, beginning late August or early September until Easter. For those who are ready, they will be baptized and/or confirmed at the Easter Vigil.
Is this only for non-Catholics?
No, we encourage anyone who desires a deeper
relationship with God to attend. You may attend some or all of the classes. In addition, spouses or fiancés are encouraged to attend if they are able.
What is the cost?
Only an open heart willing to seek God.
If you are interested in attending, or know someone
who would be interested, please keep in mind that we will be having an introductory meeting coming up later in August. Many people would like to know more about the Catholic Church, but do not know who to ask. This is your opportunity to seek out friends and family members, and ask them, invite them, to consider RCIA. It may be they are waiting for an invitation, and perhaps you could be the one who opens that door to them. For this, they will be eternally grateful.
One last note: with all the uncertainty this year brings, RCIA will be a flexible program. Where and how we meet will be determined as we go along. The three parishes in town are collaborating to have a single program, with the celebration to be held at Easter in the individual churches. However, at this time this too, is up in the air. If interested, or if you have someone interested, pass on the parish contact information so we can begin in a timely manner when the time comes.