Sharing faith is part of who we are as Catholics, which includes encouraging young people in discipleship, inviting them into our church community and journeying with them as they grow. Young people are the church of today, not only the church of tomorrow.
We are all in relationship with young people in some way, and each young person is important. Young people are a part of our community and we all need to be active in ministry with them to reflect this. We are God’s work of art (cf. Eph 2:10) and this means that every human being, including our young people, needs to be given the best. The best is to help each other to develop an even deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
If you are interested in knowing more about the beliefs and practices of a Catholic Christian, whether you are already a Catholic, you want to be a Catholic, or you are wondering if you might want to be a Catholic – then RCIA is what you are looking for.
When you finally hear these words proclaimed during the Easter Vigil, you will be reflecting back on the road that leads you to this wonderful night. This time in your journey has been long in arriving. Though it usually takes about a year, the process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is not one with time limits to becoming Catholic.
You may be wondering what is involved in the RCIA process. There are several periods in this process; the beginning period is called a time of Inquiry or the Pre-Catechumenate. This will be our focus this month. The other periods are called the, Catechumenate, Enlightenment and Purification, and Mystagogy. These periods of the process are all preceded by formal Rites with the assembly that will be your affirmation to the community as well as yourself that you are ready to move on in your journey towards the Easter Vigil, your initiation into our “Catholic Christian” community.
JustFaith is a process that provides a context in which participants can grow in their commitment to care for vulnerable people and become advocates for justice. During this extended formation and justice education process, groups employ books, videos, guest speakers, discussion, prayer, retreats and hands-on experiences. Participants also form a community and share a journey of faith and compassion that is life-giving and challenging.
For more information, contact the Parish Office