"The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers (and sisters) be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain."
( 1 Cor. 15: 56 - 58).
|Signing the Book of the Elect at JP II|
Among one of the most exciting things in Lent is walking with those who will join the church this Easter. The RCIA/RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) members took another step last week when they signed the book of Initiation and this Saturday and Sunday they will be enrolled as one of the Elect by Bishop Stika. Now this language may be confusing to some. Basically following an early church tradition anyone over the age of eight who has not yet been baptized receives the sacraments initiation--baptism, confirmation and communion-- at the Easter Vigil (Saturday night before Easter). Once a person receives these sacraments they are proclaiming themselves a disciple of Jesus and will honor and worship Him according to the Catholic Way of the Spiritual Life. A baptized person is not just a friend of Jesus but an actually sister or brother of Christ. How cool is that!!!
|Our Spanish Speaking Family in the RCIC at JP II|
At Blessed John Paul II we have one adult seeking communion and confirmation and three children seeking all three sacraments with their younger brother being baptized. The sponsor of the adult was our first convert three years ago. At Blessed Teresa of Calcutta we have 4 adults and 6 children seeking all three sacraments and 1 adult seeking communion and confirmation plus three children for baptism and another adult for confirmation only. This will be the largest group in our three years here. What a blessing these folks are to our faith community!!
|BTC catechumens, candidates and sponsors|