February RCIA topics

Feb 1: The Second Commandment – Reverence God’s Name       Presented by: Shelly

Scripture highlights numerous ways in which God’s name is vital for our faith life. When Job was in the midst of his worst sufferings, he said, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; / blessed be the name of the Lord” Jb 1:21. God’s name sustained him in his suffering.  When the psalmist wanted to express exultant praise of God and thanksgiving of favors received, the holy name was invoked. “Bless the Lord, my soul; / all my being, bless his holy name.  Ps 103:1. The Lord restored the prosperity of Job and even gave him twice as much as before.  Jb 42:10

Feb 8: The Third Commandment – Love the Lord’s Day         Presented by: Deacon Al Lundy

The Third Commandment calls us to keep holy the Sabbath day.  For Christians, the observance of the Sabbath is transferred to Sunday, the day that Jesus rose from the dead. God, through the Church, obliges us to make Sunday holy by participation in the Eucharist and by our being prayerfully reflective as far as possible. Sunday observance fulfills the interior law inscribed in the human heart to render to God visible and public worship as a sign of radical dependence upon God and as gratitude for all the blessing we have received. 

 Feb 15: The Fourth Commandment –  Strengthen Your Family     

Presented by: Ty & Lisa Hartness           

The Fourth Commandment deals with all aspects of the family life – parental and filial duties and responsibilities; those of love from child to parent, including the duties of children toward their parents, of brother and sisters toward each other, and the responsibilities of adult children toward their older parents. This Commandment also addresses the duties of government, the duties of citizens including the responsibility of the state and society to foster family values and to strengthen the family in every possible way. A traditional family is a family structure that consists of a man, woman, and one or more of their biological or adopted children. In most traditional families, the man and woman are husband and wife. The percentage of traditional families in the U.S. has steadily declined over the past 40 years. In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that only 20% of all U.S. households were traditional families.

 

Feb 22: The Fifth Commandment – Promote the Culture of Life

Presented by: Mark Landsly

We are called to foster the physical, spiritual, emotional, and social well-being of self and others. To forbid murder, abortion, euthanasia, and any life-threatening acts. We are called to create the culture of life and work against the culture of death. We must counter the relativism that imperils human life. Human freedom requires to be consistent with God’s intentions and the laws that govern moral life. We must witness His providential presence to all creations and particularly to each human being. Where God is denied, human life also ends up being rejected or compromised. Choices once considered criminal and immoral have become socially acceptable. We have to confront this weakening of conscience in modern society. How can one fail to distinguish between good and evil when it comes to human life ?