From Karen Glen, Ministry Coordinator
Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands of are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Listed below are some questions and answers about RCIA. (Part 5 of 5)
The newly baptized are dressed in a white garment after baptism to symbolize that they are washed clean of sin and that they are called to continue to walk in this newness of life.
What does the candle symbolize?
A small candle is lit from the Easter candle and given to the newly baptized as a reminder to them always to walk as children of the Light and to be the light of Christ to the world.
What does the Sacred Chrism symbolize?
The Sacred Chrism, or oil, is a sign of the gift of the Holy Spirit being given to the newly baptized. It is also a sign of the close link between the mission of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, who comes to the recipient with the Father in Baptism.
Why was this ancient rite restored?
It was restored in the Church to highlight the fact that the newly baptized are received into a community of faith, which is challenged to realize that they too have become different because of this new life in the community.
Is there a ceremony or preparation for Catholics who never or seldom have practiced the faith?
For Catholics who have been Baptized, Confirmed and made First Communion but then drifted from the faith, the way they return is through the Sacrament of Penance. Catholics who were baptized but never received Confirmation and/or Eucharist also participate in a period of formation. This process of formation is completed with the reception of the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion often at the Easter Vigil or during the Easter Season.
What is the role of a godparent for an adult being baptized?
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is on summer break until August.
Safe Environment for Children Project
It is once again our cycle for training all ministry volunteers in the Safe Environment Project. The Diocese is using a new program that will be shared with all volunteers this fall. Please look for more information from your ministry leader over the next few months.
For more information about any of our ministries, please contact Karen @ (510) 653-8631 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RCIA: Inquiry classes for RCIA Are you interested in learning more about becoming a Catholic? Have you received the Sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion and desire Confirmation? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Inquiry begins on July 19th. Please contact Karen email@example.com or Jay Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Family Faith Formation on Sundays The program is available for Kindergarten – 4th Grade. If your child is starting 1st grade they should begin classes this year to be ready for sacramental preparation when they are in 2nd grade. Faith Formation classes are held from 9:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. on Sunday mornings through Sunday, June 4th. Families can attend the 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. mass together, as classes are between the two morning masses. Forms are available in the vestibule of the church or more information please contact Karen @ (510) 653-8631 or email@example.com
St. Augustine Parish provides four categories of ministries:
As a Christian community, we are committed to the life of Christ and the Church through our service to the greater community.
Often times in the Catholic faith we refer to this as Social Justice. Some of the ways our community seeks to reach out to the greater community include: Corazón, Oakland Elizabeth House, St. Vincent de Paul and Rosary for Peace.
Please visit our Social Justice page to read our weekly column, Joy of the Gospel: Social Justice Corner
As a Catholic community, prayer and sacraments are the center of our faith life.
These include: Infant Baptism, First Communion for Children, Confirmation, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), Reconciliation, Wedding, Funeral, Prayer
Liturgical Ministries are a vital part of our community.
These include: Altar Care, Altar Servers, Eucharist for the Homebound, Eucharistic Ministry, Greeters & Ushers, Hospitality After Mass, Lectors, Liturgy Committee, Liturgical Art & Environment, Sacristans and Music Ministries (Cantors, Choir, Instrumentalists and Concerts).
We welcome you to sign up for any of our various liturgical ministries by contacting those who lead each ministry.
Please contact specific individuals indicated on our Liturgical Ministries page, or the Parish Office by phone or email for additional information regarding any of the liturgical ministries.
Email: St. Augustine Parish
Our lay leaders help guide the mission of the parish in consultation with the Pastor.
We welcome you to learn more about our lay leadership opportunities. These committees are not currently enrolling new members, but we are always interested to learn of parishioner’s interests.
Please contact the Parish Office by phone or email for additional information regarding our lay leadership ministries.
Email: St. Augustine Parish