Stewardship Reflection

FOR AUGUST 20, 2017

 

How does our parish attract inquirers each year who consider becoming Catholic?

The short answer is you! When any parish has many inquirers year after year, it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit as

parish members opens their hearts to welcome others. Members of a welcoming and evangelizing community

take seriously their call to share the Divine message of salvation. It happens in parish families, in the workplace,

in gatherings with friends and neighbors, and in daily contacts. Give thanks to God as he continuously

strengthens each of us who seek to do his will in offering a gentle, humble, and clear welcome to the Catholic

faith. “Go out into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

What is RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process, establish for the universal Church, for

individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the

Eucharist. This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares

and welcomes new members into the Church. The Rite speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey.” Centered

on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church he founded, this journey takes place through distinct

stages over a period of time suitable to bring about a thorough catechesis, significant experience of the parish

community, and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of the Catholic faithful. The RCIA process is a

restoration of the ancient catechumenate, arising within the first three centuries following the era of the apostles.

It was the early Church’s way of Christianizing the pagan Roman Empire. The Second Vatican Council called

for the restoration and use of this venerable and powerful method of initiation for the worldwide Church.

Has someone in your life shared his/her love of Scripture with you?

Would you like to share that love and gift with another?

Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners, Bibles are given to every adult and child in our RCIA process as a

gift from our parish community. Our parish RCIA process is in need of donations for Bibles to give to our

adults and children inquiring to be one with us. Bibles donated for those in the RCIA process are given to

participants at a special time during our weekly gatherings. The cost is $15. Please make checks payable to our

parish and indicate at the bottom that it is for an RCIA Bible. Thank you. “Keep this book of the law on your lips.

Recite it by day and by night, that you may observe carefully all that is written in it; then you will successfully attain your

goal.” (Joshua 1:8)

Who is RCIA for?

1. Persons in need of Baptism.

  1. 2. Persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic.

    3. Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation.

How did a person become Catholic before RCIA?

At most parishes, the person was given individual instruction by the parish priest, or someone delegated by him.

Why the change?

There were a number of limitations to private instruction. The priest was the only member of the Catholic

community with whom the inquirer had contact, apart from any supporting family and friends. Private

instruction did not ensure that the inquirer had a lived experience of the Catholic faith, or was exposed to

authentic Christian charity as lived in a parish community.

For more information, please contact Deacon Dick Bowles at the parish office (719) 219-2705