Learning the WayWe recognize that we are responsible for helping our members grow in holiness. As disciples of the Lord we are committed to learning the way of life which He taught and opening ourselves to His presence in our day-to-day lives as He calls each of us to deeper holiness. Our clergy commit themselves to preaching in a manner which helps us relate the Gospel to our day-to-day lives and, hopefully, opens us to the Holy Spirit’s urgings within us. Our faith formation staff commits itself to programming oriented toward helping our adults learn the faith and deepen their relationship with the Lord.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process through which adults are brought into the Church. This includes those who may have been baptized in another Christian tradition. Baptized Catholics who have not completed all three Sacraments of Initiation may also become part of this process. These sacraments are celebrated with the community at the Easter Vigil.
The process begins with a period of Inquiry, usually beginning in September, during which participants gatherfor general presentations on the Catholic tradition of Christianity. During these sessions the group comes to know each other, reflects upon thier own experiences of God shares thier questions concerning faith and the Catholic tradition.
A more intense period of preparation, called the Catechumenate, begins with the Rite of Acceptance and Welcoming when the indiviual feels ready to commit and the Church has discerned thier rediness. This period consists of gathering with us for the Liturgy of the Word at Sunday Mass from which the unbaptized and those baptized in another Christian tradition are dismissed to continue group reflection and faith sharing based on the Scriptures selections for that week's Mass. Baptized Catholics who are participating in the RCIA for completion of the Sacraments of Initiation remain for completion of the Mass. The group also gathers one evening during the week for catechetical instruction.