Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Experience has taught us
clearly that people become members of the Catholic Church because someone
invited them or spoke to them about it.
Have you ever thought about why this is? Consider the fact that those
who join the Church have to give up many old ways and habits. Not easy to do. We typically resist change and find it
painful to adopt new attitudes, especially when friends and family might be
questioning this decision. Society today tries to tell us that we should keep
our faith to ourselves. RCIA
candidates want and need you to affirm this is a good decision and that you will be
there for them.
say “I don’t care, let them decide for themselves.” Just understand that if
that is our attitude, then we really don’t care about seeing them receive the
gifts of the sacraments and salvation.
Recently I read an article on conversation that stated that there are
common elements that influence people to become Catholics. Let’s look at some of them from the
perspective of a potential convert:
You are marrying a Catholic (now you want to share and practice your
You are already married to a Catholic and your children are being raised
Catholic. (It’s natural to want
to share in the sacramental experiences of your family.)
You lived in a “Catholic world” all your life. (Often someone joins us whom everyone in the
parish assumed was already Catholic.)
You don’t know much about Catholicism but you have a friend, neighbor,
or family member who has inspired you to learn more. (Actions speak louder than words.”)
5. You have suffered a personal loss and are
seeking to improve your life. (“Blessed
are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.)
You don’t know why, you just feel
something calling you to the Church.
(It’s the Holy Spirit…listen to it.)
know people who fall into these categories above. Are we going to ignore them or invite them
into OLQP? The world is a very efficient
evangelizer of the material life that does not last, but your faith lasts
forever. Yes, we have work to do and
each of us plays a part in the evangelization process at our parish. No Church bulletin, letter or announcement
can accomplish this because the folks we are trying to reach usually are not
here to hear or read it. Make the effort
to help someone discover their “journey of faith” and enrich their “spiritual
lives.” Do it today!
the Parish Office at 410-686-3085 or see Fr. Kevin Mueller, Barry Shadrach, or