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Exploring more misconceptions about RCIA

Exploring more misconceptions about RCIA   Another common misunderstanding (of the Right of Christian Initiation for Adults) is that “Everyone comes to the Church at the same time and is initiated at the same time.”   Nothing is further from the truth!    Although we celebrated Pentecost weeks ago, three ad...
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Some common misunderstandings of RCIA

Some common misunderstandings of RCIA   The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is not a “program.”   According to Paragraph Nos. 1 and 2 of the ritual, the RCIA is a “sacramental ritual of Christian initiation … which includes not simply the celebration of the sacraments of baptism, confirmation,...
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Monday, June 30, 2014

New members of Church need push to branch out

New members of Church need push to branch out   Some 15 years ago, either the North American Forum on the Catechumenate or the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate conducted a survey on how many Catholics who joined the Church through RCIA remained active members.  The results were a shocking – 50% nationally.  Ho...
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Monday, June 16, 2014

'Parking lot Mystagogy' reveals the touch of God grace

'Parking lot Mystagogy' reveals the touch of God grace As a sacramental church, God’s grace is mediated through the person of Jesus, His Church and the sacraments.  It has been impossible to meet personally with those who joined the Church this Easter to share where God’s grace touched them through the sacraments.  However, we did...
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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

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