Dear Friends in Christ:
“Everything in our life, today as in the time of Jesus, begins with an encounter. An encounter with this Man, the carpenter from Nazareth, a man like all men and at the same time different.” This quote from Pope Francis is a vivid reminder that the heart of Catholicism is the Person of Jesus Christ and that being Catholic is fundamentally learning to know, love, and follow Him with our whole lives.
You are invited to an encounter Jesus in RCIA
I have been contemplating this reality lately as we prepare for a new session of RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). While the language sounds rather elevated, RCIA is simply the venue for adults who are interested in becoming Catholic, or even just curious about Catholicism, to come and ask their questions and learn about Catholicism all in the context of encountering Jesus Christ. RCIA is also a great space for adult Catholics who were never Confirmed or received their first Eucharist to come grow in knowledge and love of Jesus as a way of preparation to receive those wonderful sacraments.
I am delighted to share with you that the first eight weeks of our RCIA sessions will be prime opportunities for inquiring people to encounter Jesus. Each session will feature a different encounter between Jesus and another person from the Gospels, along with a meditation on that encounter, a cultural or artistic element that helps us appreciate the encounter, and finally, a personal reflection from one of the group leaders on how they live out their own encounter with Jesus. After the first two months of ‘Encountering Jesus’ sessions, we will spend the rest of the year unpacking the ‘Big Picture’ of the Catholic Faith – contemplating how all the beliefs, prayers, practices, etc. that are part of Catholicism fit together into one organic whole and lead us to deeper union with Jesus Christ.
First Session: Tuesday, September 6
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming Catholic, curious about Catholicism, or is a Catholic who has not received Eucharist and/or Confirmation, I heartily invite you to join us for our first ‘Encountering Jesus’ session on Tuesday, September 6th!
For all the rest of you adult Catholics, I warmly invite you to join our RCIA sessions in November when we transition to ‘The Main Event’ program that journeys through the ‘Big Picture’ of the Catholic Faith. And stay tuned for next week’s bulletin letter where I will share some other opportunities for ongoing faith formation for adults!
Please visit the parish website for more details and contact me with any questions or if you are interested in attending our ‘Encountering Jesus’ RCIA sessions!
Director of Evangelization