Rite of Christian Initiation for
I remind you all, as I have been doing at Masses that everyone runs into
someone from time to time who attacks the Church or the Lord Jesus, but
who may really be looking for both. Saint Peter encourages, “Always be
ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for
your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your
conscience clear….” (I Peter 3: 15-16). An aid to everyone’s explaining
the Faith can be the Catechumenate Program which will soon be starting
here at Holy Family. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
or the Catechumenate offers a stepping stone entrance into the divine
mystery of Jesus Christ. I often say to folks considering it that if you
only stay for ten weeks you will learn how to use and enjoy the Bible,
have a clearer understanding of Jesus and salvation in Him, have a
chance to learn to pray and be able to navigate the various parts of a
So anyone who is not a Christian, or a
Christian who though baptized is not in full union with Christ’s
Catholic Church, or a Catholic who hasn’t received some of his/her
sacraments or even a Catholic feeling uninformed or especially, someone
coming back to Church and feeling ‘out of it’, will find the
Catechumenate the very process by which our Faith can be explained.
Catechumenate will begin after Labor Day. So keep your ears and
hearts open. Holy Spirit may use you to guide someone to the Lord and
His Holy Church. And thank you for your willingness to be an instrument
of Christ’s peace. JFH
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING
Maybe you have found yourself drawn to the Church and the sacraments.
Maybe you were baptized in the Catholic Church but never made your First
Communion or were never Confirmed, or maybe you know someone who is
interested in becoming a Catholic. Our Rite of Christian Initiation for
Adults (RCIA) might be just what you are looking for. The program is
designed to help you grow in your knowledge and love of Jesus Christ and
His Church. We will be starting this year’s program in September which
will culminate at next year’s Easter Vigil.
WHAT IS IT?
The catechumenate is a program designed for non-Catholics who may be
interested in learning about the Catholic faith and perhaps becoming a
Catholic, or for Catholics who have not yet received the Sacraments of
Eucharist and/or Confirmation.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We learn about prayer, faith and Jesus. We learn about scripture and try
to relate it to our lives today. We explain the Tradition of the
Catholic Church and its importance. We explain the wonderful gifts we
receive from God in the Sacraments. We explore what our response to God
should be for the love He gives to us. But most of all, we try to
encourage each persons to know God and to develop a personal
relationship with him.
WHEN DOES IT MEET?
We meet every Thursday evening from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., September until
May and for the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Just your time and an open mind and heart.
WHAT IF I AM UNDECIDED?
That’s fine! You are more than welcome to just ‘come and see’ what
we are all about. We don’t ask you to make any decisions right away. You
can continue at your own pace or leave anytime you want. This is a
decision to be made between you and God.
Have more questions?
Call Holy Family Rectory 781-878-0160.