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Pastor's Letter

Posted on May 20, 2021 in: Parish-wide Announcements

Dear Parishioners:

It has been great seeing so many parishioners at our weekday Masses this summer; thanks to all of you for your faith-filled lives.  I also want to encourage all to invite others to the faith.  Our RCIA process begins this fall; if you know of anyone interested in joining the church please invite them or contact me and I will get in touch with them.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS—RCIA

This September we will again start the process for men and women who are inquiring about the Catholic Faith.   RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process through which adults enter into the Catholic faith. RCIA is a spiritual journey designed in phases and implemented through various rites. The participants' spiritual growth is encouraged and enhanced through weekly reflection on God's Word and the teachings of Catholic doctrine and traditions.  Any questions, contact the rectory at 353.6303.

Becoming a Catholic is one of the most profound and joyous experiences of life. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are still infants, and over the course of time they grow into a recognition of the enormous grace that has been bestowed upon them, of the dignity and wonder of their identity as Catholics. Others come into the Catholic fold while they are older children or adults. In these cases it is important for people to have a grasp of the joyful process by which one becomes a Catholic.

If you know someone who might be interested in joining the Church, be that a family member, fellow worker, or neighbor, please contact the parish office with their name and phone number.  Our parishioners are always the best evangelists.  Your faith and how you live it will speak volumes to those around you.

Let us pray for those who are contemplating joining the Catholic faith and encourage them through our words, actions and prayers.  God bless you for sharing your faith!

                                                                                    Msgr. John Shamleffer

Ten top reasons to come to RCIA—not in any particular order.

1.      You want to become Catholic.

2.      You are marrying someone outside the faith and they desire to know more about our faith.

3.      You are Catholic, and did not receive all of the Sacraments of Initiation—Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation.

4.      You have children to teach and don’t know the faith well enough.

5.      You have a friend or family member interested in learning more about the faith, who would be more comfortable if you came with them.

6.      You have experienced a loss of some kind in your life and need a small faith community.

7.      Your spouse is not Catholic, and might be interested in joining our Church as your children are receiving First Communion or Confirmation.

8.      You are Catholic, and would like to learn current Church teaching and practice.

9.      You’ve heard it is a great experience.

10.  God is calling you.

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