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RCIA ritual emphasizes our need to welcome new members

RCIA ritual emphasizes our need to welcome new members   Have you ever attended a new meeting or joined an organization by yourself without being accompanied by a friend or relative?  If you are a gregarious, extroverted person, it’s easy for you to reach out, start conversations, and make new acquaintances and possibly friendships....
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Easter Vigil not the end for RCIA candidates

Easter Vigil not the end for RCIA candidates  Holy Week became the “holiest week” for several new members of our parish this year.  In remembering the historical washing of the disciples’ feet, Jesus’ crucifixion, his Passover from this life to the Father, and the glorious celebration of Easter, we tried to i...
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Learning to look at Lent in a new way

Learning to look at Lent in a new way   Thank God Lent is over!  Now I can get back to eating my three pork chops instead of two; my chocolate cake, which I sacrificed for 40 days; not to mention my Cokes and Pepsis!  I’ve attended enough extra daily masses that, in case I miss Sunday mass this year, I should be ta...
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

RCIA candidates now examining spiritual weaknesses

RCIA candidates now examining spiritual weaknesses On the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of Lent, the Church celebrates three Scrutinies with the unbaptized.  Scrutinies are examinations.  Since Lent focuses more on interior reflection than catechetical instruction, those preparing for baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist are to examine...
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Renewing our entire community during Lent

Renewing our entire community during Lent   Last time we showed how the season of Lent in the Roman Church was always connected with baptism as a period of preparation for new members for initiation into the Church during the Easter Vigil.  We must always remember that the sacraments are never just for those who “receive...
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Looking at the historical dynamics of Lent and the RCIA

Looking at the historical dynamics of Lent and the RCIA In Apostolic times, Lent was unknown in the Church.  The Acts of the Apostles tells us that on Pentecost Day, 5,000 were baptized.  The need for instructions was not necessary because the Jewish people understood the meaning of the Savior’s coming.  So it was easy for them to a...
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Let's help new members of the Church feel more comfortable

Let's help new members of the Church feel more comfortable In the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the Catechumenate has the same purpose as the Liturgy of the Word – to help new members grow as Christ’s disciples and eventually to lead them to full participation in the Church’s worship.  However, the Catechumenate allows new...
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Love God's word, and listen to it proclaimed during Mass

Love God's word, and listen to it proclaimed during Mass   Church teaching challenges us to love God’s word and to listen more intently to it when proclaimed during the Sunday Liturgy.  A story may emphasize one man’s love for God’s Word.    Once there lived an aged Jewish rabbi.  He had served his people for ma...
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Monday, February 03, 2014

Let's pray more than one hour a week

Let's pray more than one hour a week In the Jan. 10 issue of The Message, I wrote about the similarities between the Advent/Christmas Season and the initial RCIA Inquiry Stage.  It is my belief that Catholics who celebrate the Church’s feasts with faith and active participation are spiritually renewed – just as our ne...
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Monday, January 20, 2014

RCIA represents more than just teaching Catholicism

RCIA represents more than just teaching Catholicism A parishioner, who sponsored a member joining the Catholic Church, once mentioned how every Catholic should participate in the RCIA because he learned so much from joining the faith-sharing sessions each week.  Although learning “about” the faith is important, the Bishops of Vatica...
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Tuesday, January 07, 2014