Evangelization and Ecumenism
The purpose of the Evangelization and Ecumenism Committee is to encourage and promote participation in the Catholic Faith as well as reaching out to the broader faith community and to develop opportunities for ecumenical cooperation, understanding, and prayer.
Contact: Sally Corby or Tina Whitley email@example.com
Outreach to Inactive Catholics. Catholics who have been away from the church and are seeking a way to come back are encouraged to participate. A series of informal gatherings are held to address any issues that can possibly help guide them in their journey back to the Catholic Church.
Are you looking to reconnect with your Catholic faith but not sure how to get started?
The Come Home Ministry is a group of laypersons who meet to share and discuss issues of faith.
You might know someone who can benefit from a program like this. It might even be you. Theres no cost or obligation. The sessions will be confidential and in a safe, comfortable environment. And of course we realize someone may not be able to make all of six sessions, but they still can benefit from coming to some of them.
Contact: Church Office 615-352-2259 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Learn About RCIA
|Are You . . .
Interested in becoming Catholic?
A Catholic who wishes to receive Confirmation and/or First Eucharist?
Interested in helping someone you know become fully initiated in the Catholic faith in the sponsorship program?
Then RCIA is for you!
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a program for adults who desire to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church. The goal of the RCIA process is full, conscious, and active participation in an exciting life with Jesus Christ within His Catholic Church. RCIA helps adults grow in their relationship with God, become familiar with Catholic teachings and practices, get acquainted with the faith community, and get involved in service within the community as a whole.
And, if you are a fully initiated Catholic, you can sponsor a RCIA catechumen or candidate. A sponsor is a friend or companion who can help the catechumens and candidates. A sponsor is a practicing member of the parish.
| A Four Step Process...
Step 1: Period of Inquiry
Unique to each individual
Time for asking questions
Time to intensely examine one's personal relationship with God
Sponsors accompany catechumens and candidates on their journey.
Step 2: Period of Catechumenate
Begins with the Rite of Acceptance & Welcoming into the Order of Catechumens
Time of learning the teachings of the Church and beginning to accept Catholic teachings and practices
Sponsors accompany catechumens and candidates on their journey
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Step 3: Period of Purification and Enlightenment
Begins with Rite of Election
Catechumens are now called the Elect
Time of intense preparation during Lent to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus at Easter and to receive the Sacraments of Initiation
Step 4: Period of Mystagogia
Begins with the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist during the Easter Season
Time of reflection on the commitment made to the Lord, the Church, and the faith community
Time of finding a place in the community and getting involved
Catechumen or Candidate?
Many people who want to join the Catholic Church have already been baptized in another Christian church. They do not need to be baptized again. They will follow a form of these four steps adapted to their particular needs and concerns.
Others may have been baptized in the Catholic Church and need to complete the sacraments of Initiation by receiving First Eucharist and/or Confirmation. All will have an opportunity to grow in their relationship with God and learn more about the faith before receiving these Sacraments.
Unbaptized persons are known as Catechumens. Those already baptized are called Candidates.
So are YOU ready for the journey?
If so, then contact the RCIA office (352-2259) to learn more about the program. Janet Catalano, the RCIA Director and will be happy to answer any questions you might have. You may email her at email@example.com
RCIA sessions are held weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the St. Henry
Fellowship Hall from September to May.
CLICK HERE for the 2015-2016 RCIA Schedule
CLICK HERE to download the Basic Information for Inquirers form.
For more information, contact Janet C. Catalano, RCIA Director at 615-352-2259 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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