From Karen Glen, Ministry Coordinator
What are the steps of RCIA? Rite of Christian Initiation of Audlts
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)
What does the white robe symbolize?
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?
Prior to the Rite of Election, the Catechumen may choose one or two godparents, who will accompany the Catechumen on the day of Election, at the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, and during the Period of Mystagogy. They are called to show the Catechumens good example of the Christian life, sustain them in moments of hesitancy and anxiety, bear witness, and guide their progress in the baptismal life.
Are you interested in learning more about becoming a Catholic? Have you received the Sacraments of Baptism or First Holy Communion and desire Confirmation? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Inquiry began last week, but it is not too late to join us. We will meet for the next few Sundays, immediately following the 10:30 am Mass (approximately 12:00 noon) in the Parish rectory. Please contact Karen Glen firstname.lastname@example.org, Jay Mitchell email@example.com or Andy Hartzell firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Liturgical Ministers Needed: We are inviting all to consider serving in a liturgical ministry. We have a great need for Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Acolytes and Ushers/Greeters. Why not serve while you are already here? For more information please contact Karen Glen, the Ministry Coordinator @ email@example.com or call the Parish office @ (510) 653-8631.
Please visit our Social Justice page to read our weekly column, Joy of the Gospel: Social Justice Corner. For more information about any of our projects and ministries, please contact Karen @ (510) 653-8631 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE NOW: On Sunday, August 26th, we will be celebrating the Feast Day of St. Augustine. There will be only one Mass that Sunday at 10:30 a.m. After the Mass we will celebrate as a community of faith. Please watch the bulletin for more information.
RCIA: Inquiry classes for RCIA: Are you interested in learning more about becoming a Catholic? Have you received the Sacraments of Baptism or First Holy Communion and desire Confirmation? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Inquiry began last week, but it is not too late to join us. We will meet for the next few Sundays, immediately following the 10:30 am Mass (approximately 12:00 noon) in the Parish rectory. Please contact Karen Glen email@example.com, Jay Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org or Andy Hartzell email@example.com for more information.
Family Faith Formation on Sundays This is currently on summer break. We will resume classes in September. 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. Families can attend the 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. mass together, as classes are between the two morning masses. The Faith Formation registration forms are available in the vestibule of the church. The calendar for the year is also available on this form, as well as on our DOWNLOADABLE FORMS page of this website. For more information please contact Karen @ (510) 653-8631 or firstname.lastname@example.org