RCIA -- THE RITE OF SENDING, CALL TO CONTINUING CONVERSION & PRAYER CARDS
The adults seeking to find out about the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) have been continuing their journey begun last year with a period of learning about the word of God, the teachings of the Church, the community, prayer and apostolic works of service for others.
On Sunday, February 27th, at 11:00am Mass, we are celebrating the Rite of Sending. At this ritual, the Parish formally sends the Catechumen for Election by the Bishop at Holy Name Cathedral in a few weeks. We will also be celebrating the Call to Continuing Conversion for our Candidates. A milestone in the RCIA process, the Church will formally ratify the Catechumen’s readiness for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist), and the Candidates' readiness to be received into full Communion with the Catholic Church.
Enclosed in this issue of the Clarion, you will find a prayer card. The name on your card is the name of our Catechumen or one of our four Candidates. Below is a brief introduction to each of them. During the weeks of Lent, please offer prayers for all of them and especially for the person on your prayer card.
Cali Bergold, Candidate
“I am truly blessed to have found such a welcoming home and faith family to begin my relationship with God. I am honored to be a candidate in the RCIA process and am dedicated to begin my service not only to God but to the Saint Anne community. My decision to join the RCIA process and attend mass has been a life changing event, and I am so thankful to everyone involved at Saint Anne.”
Keri Culhane, Candidate
“My son attended Saint Anne School last year and developed a strong connection and appreciation for the Catholic faith. I have always been drawn to the Catholic religion as well, as I attended many masses throughout my life with family members. After discussing with my son his desire to continue learning and developing in the Catholic Church, I also realized that I was ready to do the same. We decided to go on this journey together, to grow, learn, pray, and support each other.”
Hariet Linnane, Candidate
“I joined RCIA, because I want to be part of the Catholic community, to get closer to God, to understand the Church’s teaching better and to share this experience with my family.”
James Thennisch, Candidate
“I joined the RCIA process to strengthen my relationship with God and to finish my faith journey with the Catholic Church through my confirmation at Saint Anne Church. Since I was baptized here, it was the perfect place to continue my journey with RCIA, while getting to know our parish community.”
Alan Young, Catechumen
“I joined RCIA, because I want to develop my relationship with God. Growing up, I focused only on school, but it was insufficient. At the same time, I felt unworthy of God and, as a result, did not pursue that relationship further. This past year, I made the decision to embark on my journey to learn and accept God into my life. I am extremely appreciative of the RCIA team welcoming me with open arms. Through their support, I have never felt closer to God than I do now. I hope to continue to foster and nurture my relationship with Him.”
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
WHERE DO I BELONG? COME & SEE!
The Saint Anne Catholic Community welcomes those who may have an interest in becoming Catholic, including those who wish to complete their confirmation. Please join Fr. Rodolfo and other adults on their faith journey for inspiring conversations about how becoming Catholic can enhance your life.
If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact Fr. Rodolfo Ramirez, Director of the Rite of Initiation of Adults (RCIA) at email@example.com or 847-382-5300.
For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.
DO YOU WISH TO BECOME CATHOLIC?
The Saint Anne Catholic Community welcomes those who may have an interest in developing a relationship with Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which we bring adults into the Church through Baptism, 1st Eucharist, and Confirmation. We invite you to consider joining other adults on their journey of spiritual formation in this engaging, dynamic, respectful and spiritual process. Please join us as our parish re-opens for the community!
Go, therefore,and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.