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
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Outreach to Inactive Catholics. Catholics who have
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.
looking to reconnect with your Catholic
faith but not sure how to get started?
Home Ministry is a group of laypersons who
meet to share and discuss issues of faith.
know someone who can benefit from a program
like this. It might even be you. There’s 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.
Please Join us (or
pass this invitation on) on Sundays
at 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the
parish library. For more info
contact Kathy or Ron Cunningham at
call the church office 352-2259.
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Learn About RCIA
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
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
Four Step Process...
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
Sponsors accompany catechumens and candidates on
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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
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
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.
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
RCIA sessions are held weekly on Wednesday evenings
from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the St. Henry
from September to May.
CLICK HERE to download the Basic Information
for Inquirers form.
HERE to see the 2014-2015 schedule.
For more information, contact Janet C. Catalano, RCIA Director at 352-2259 or email
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