The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults begins on September 9, at 7:00 in the parish hall. Last year, when the process began, I saw upwards to 80 people present, with Scott and Fr. Michael at the helm of this impressive program.
I myself would attend on Tuesday nights simply to get a refresher course–the content is that good.
But anyway, why would a person want to go through RCIA? People travel over bridges and beyond to be received at St Dominic’s. As you know, over 50 people were received at the last Easter Vigil. Why would you go?
I asked this to Harper, one of the latest ‘alums’. Here is what she had to say.
Holy Father Dominic, pray for us!
Why are you going? “I heard all the “hype” about the Catholic Church, I wanted to know the truth from their perspective. What are you seeking? To be complete. I’d tried everything else, and nothing gave my life meaning. What did you hope to find? The real reason why we are here and what we should be doing on earth. Why should anyone attend? To get a better understanding of yourself, as well as the Catholic religion.
What did I find? The truth is that Catholicism is a living, breathing and growing religion. It takes all kinds of people from all walks of life to make up this church. Catholics accepted me as I was, and didn’t judge me based on my past. They gave me the tools to succeed in life in a real way that I could measure; and in some ways that I can’t. (I am forever grateful)
The reason we are on this earth is so we can grow in spirit, and ultimately prepare ourselves to commune with God. This is why everyone should attend; Your current circumstance is irrelevant. Who you were doesn’t matter, it’s who you become with God.