August 16, 2015 = A View from the Rectory Window

This past Sunday, following Mass and quite unexpectedly to me, some of our young women and men said goodbye to me as they left for college.  What happened to the summer?!

In this past year we all have had many opportunities to enhance our faith life; the numerous Bible Study groups facilitated through Bill Brewer and Joseph Sosnowsky, the Lenten Seder Dinner, our parish mission, “Divine Mercy for a Digital World” at Easter time, led by Fr. William Garrott, O.P., and our current parish retreat entitled “33 days to Morning Glory” that includes a Marian Consecration, are just a few moments in this past year when we have (not just our younger population) been invited to grow in our faith.

Today, I invite you all to consider joining me, beginning in September, for another opportunity known as RCIA.  RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.  It is the Catholic Church’s way of initiating new members into the faith and strengthening the faith of those who are seeking to grow in their relationship with God.  RCIA offers conversion of the heart and brings one to Jesus Christ.  It is an answer to the Gospel invitation in Mathew 11:28-30:  “Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you.  Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart.  Your souls will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

RCIA is an opportunity:

  • For those who have not been baptized.
  • For those who have been baptized, but have little affiliation with, and/or training in the Catholic religion.
  • For those Catholics and others who want to learn and ask questions about the Catholic faith.
  • For those who are searching.

Through weekly gatherings, those attending gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Catholic faith, tradition, rituals, and prayer life.  All are welcome, and there is no obligation to make any commitment to become Catholic.

I ask you to consider joining us this year and to consider inviting others.  Sometimes, those of us who have been Catholic our whole lives forget to offer this information to others who may be interested in becoming Catholic. We just assume that if they are interested, they will find their own way.  However, extending an invitation to relatives, friends and neighbors, in a gentle way, might be just the opportunity that they are awaiting.  They may be ready, but are not sure how to make an inquiry.  However, if they are not ready today, you may have planted a seed that will grow and bloom into a decision sometime in the future.  You may become an instrument of Grace for someone you love. I encourage you to consider inviting someone who may profit from this opportunity.

The first gathering in our parish is for information and inquiry, not commitment.  It will take place on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00PM in classroom 2 at Resurrection Church.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call and we will try to answer any questions you may have.

Fr. Pete