St. Jude RCIA Blog


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August 28, 2017

A​ ​note​ ​for​ ​those​ ​of​ ​you​ ​who​ ​have​ ​already​ ​entered​ ​the​ ​RCIA​ ​for​ ​this​ ​year. Our​ ​first​ ​meeting​ ​will​ ​be​ ​Tuesday​ ​August​ ​29​ ​at​ ​7:00pm​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Parish Center. This​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​each​ ​other​ ​and​ ​go​ ​over​ ​the​ ​schedule for​ ​the​ ​year,​ ​some​ ​of​ ​your​ ​responsibilities,​ ​and​ ​housekeeping​ ​stuff.​ ​​ ​If​ ​you have​ ​signed​ ​up​ ​and​ ​have​ ​a​ ​sponsor,​ ​invite​ ​them​ ​to​ ​come​ ​along​ ​as​ ​well.  

The​ ​first​ ​actual​ ​catechetical​ ​session​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​following​ ​Tuesday, September​ ​5​ ​in​ ​the​ ​same​ ​room.

If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​reading​ ​this​ ​and​ ​thinking​ ​about​ ​checking​ ​out​ ​the​ ​Catholic​ ​faith, but​ ​don’t​ ​feel​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​start​ ​the​ ​Catechumenate​ ​program​ ​(the catechetical​ ​sessions​ ​that​ ​begin​ ​next​ ​week)​ ​right​ ​now,​ ​get​ ​in​ ​touch​ ​with​ ​me and​ ​bring​ ​your​ ​questions​ ​and​ ​concerns.​ ​​ ​​ ​No​ ​one​ ​should​ ​ever​ ​rush​ ​into such​ ​a​ ​decision.​ ​​ ​The​ ​best​ ​course​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​​ ​taking​ ​time,​ ​prayer,​ ​and seeking​ ​the​ ​direction​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Holy​ ​Spirit.

It​ ​looks​ ​like​ ​we​ ​are​ ​going​ ​to​ ​have​ ​a​ ​good​ ​sized​ ​program​ ​this​ ​year,​ ​so​ ​I​ ​may need​ ​some​ ​folks​ ​to​ ​be​ ​sponsors​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​​ ​If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​interested,​ ​you​ ​can e-mail​ ​me​ ​or​ ​call​ ​me​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Parish​ ​Office.

So,​ ​I’m​ ​throwing​ ​some​ ​big​ ​around​ ​here​ ​​ ​“Catechumenate,”​ ​​ ​and “Catechetical.”​ ​​ ​Both​ ​derive​ ​from​ ​the​ ​word​ ​“catechesis.”​ ​​ ​Catechesis​ ​is​ ​the teaching​ ​people​ ​the​ ​doctrine​ ​and​ ​teachings​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Catholic​ ​Church​ ​so​ ​that they​ ​may​ ​truly​ ​become​ ​disciples​ ​(followers)​ ​of​ ​Christ.​ ​​ ​The​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Rite that​ ​we​ ​are​ ​beginning​ ​is​ ​called​ ​the​ ​Catechumenate,​ ​because​ ​it​ ​is​ ​a​ ​time​ ​of prayer​ ​and​ ​catechesis.​ ​​ ​Those​ ​who​ ​are​ ​participating​ ​are​ ​called “catechumens,”​ ​and​ ​those​ ​who​ ​teach​ ​are​ ​“catechists.”


July 28, 2017

RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Dating back to the early days of the Church, the Rite of Christian Initiation was the liturgical rite that catechumens (those seeking baptism) went through to ready themselves to receive the grace of God in baptism, confirmation and the eucharist. In today’s Church, the rite…a process of prayer, discernment and catechesis… is for all people age 7 and older to prepare to receive the sacraments of initiation. More on all of this in later posts.

Here’s how you can use the blog. If you are an inquirer, catechumen, or candidate, you can check here for information about the Rite, such as times of meetings and the basic information like that. The same goes for RCIA team members. This is meant to be an information clearing house.

But that’s not all.

If you would like to find out more about what RCIA is, we’ll have articles on the Rite, as well as posts on how someone already baptized in another faith tradition can enter the Church, and how those seeking to return to the Church can do that, as well.

If you are inquiring about the Faith, we hope we can give you a good “feel” for what being Catholic means.

If you are a neophyte, one of the newly baptized, this will also be a place of information on finding your way through your new-found faith.

And if you have a friend or family member in your life who may be toying with the idea of becoming a Catholic, this blog would be for them as well.

Hope you become a regular visitor,
Deacon Jim


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