Archive for August, 2011

August 2, 2011

Interested in Becoming Catholic, or Simply Learning more about the Church with no Strings Attached? RCIA is for you!

I just wanted to take a minute to let anyone who might be interested know that RCIA is approaching at Catholic Churches all over the country, and to open an invitation to anyone who would like to participate. RCIA runs from September until Easter, and serves several purposes: becoming Catholic if you are not, simply becoming more educated about the Catholic Church (no strings attached), and refreshing your faith if you are already a Catholic.

The most well-known and most used purpose is for people who aren’t Catholic, whether they have never been Christian or whether they are part of another form of Christianity and would like to come into full communion with the Church. RCIA stands for “Rite of Christian Initiation as Adults”, and has been around since the pre-reformation days in which the Catholic Church was the only Christian Church (which is why it stands for “Christian” rather than “Catholic” initiation, even though many people who go through the program are already Christians). However, over the years its purpose has expanded. RCIA is also there to serve those who simply want to learn more about the Catholic Church for their own educational gain. In other words, signing up for RCIA does not commit you to join the Church. You can simply sign up to hear the lectures, have all your questions about the Church answered, and hear firsthand, from priests and others educated in the Church,` what the Church actually believes, giving you a perspective that is different from the misconceptions about the Church that you may hear elsewhere. Also, if you are already Catholic and feel like you need to be refreshed on what you have already learned, you are encouraged to sign up for RCIA to gain a deeper and renewed understanding of your faith.

RCIA is something that I have been a part of at my parish, St. Charles in Nederland, for three years now. I first went through RCIA in 2008-2009 as a “candidate” (an already baptized Christian who is looking to come into full communion with the Church), and it was a wonderful experience. I learned so much, met and fellowshipped with other Christians,  made new friends, and through all this grew closer to God. In the two years after that, I have been a part of RCIA as a sponsor, which is someone who helps others out with their questions about the Church and walks alongside those who are making a decision to become Catholic. I absolutely love it and I plan to be a part of RCIA again this year.

Therefore, if you are interested in RCIA for any reason, whether you want to become Catholic, simply want to learn more about Church Teachings with with no strings attached, or want to refresh your Catholic faith, please let me know by messaging me on facebook or commenting here. RCIA at St. Charles in Nederland meets every Thursday night, starting in September, from 7 to 8:30pm. Food and snacks are provided, as participants alternate bringing food to share, and you will certainly meet new Christians, make new friends, and have a lot of fun, as there is always a great turnout.

So think and pray on it, and otherwise have a blessed week! 🙂

 

P.S. If you are reading this and you do not live in the Southeast Texas area, every Catholic Church has an RCIA program at the same time of the year, so simply contact your local parishes to find out which one has the best and most recommended program.

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