August 27, 2017 – A View from the Rectory Window

This past week my view from the rectory window displayed a wondrous event. Along with me, millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun. The temperature dropped, birds quieted down, crickets chirped and the stars came out in the middle of the day as the line of darkness raced 2,600 miles across the continent in about 90 minutes.

A reminder that we’re all part of something so much larger than ourselves. Perhaps it made us pause. More than one parent was amazed to see teenagers actually look up from their cellphones.

Please find in this View an invitation for everyone to explore the great mystery of our faith and to consider your place in our Catholic Christian Tradition.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (commonly known as the R.C.I.A.), beginning this October, is the normal way in which adults become full, active, participating members of the Catholic Church.

The R.C.I.A. is not just a “convert class”. Yes, many people who may want to join the Catholic Church will find in the R.C.I.A. a path adapted to their particular needs and concerns whether they are coming from another faith tradition or who have had little or no religious experience.

But the most important thing to keep in mind about the R.C.I.A. is this: it is not merely a new way to prepare adults for entrance into the Catholic Church. Rather, the goal of the process is to enable all people a “full, conscious, and active participation” in the Eucharist and in the whole life of the Catholic faith community.

The goal of the R.C.I.A. at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish is to help adults grow in their relationship with God, become familiar with Catholic teachings and practices, get acquainted with people in the parish, and get involved in service within the parish or the wider community.

If you, or anyone you know, would choose to investigate this invitation, I ask you to call the office (609) 390-0664 so that I may make the appropriate preparations.

Fr. Pete