The Rite of Christian Initiation For Adults (RCIA)
The Christian Initiation process offers adults an opportunity to seek answers to some of the deepest human questions? Who is God? What is the meaning of life? Why believe in Jesus?
The process also offers those Christians baptized in another tradition full communion in the Catholic Church. We focus on the Catholic understanding to scripture, sacramental life of the Church, the relationship with Mary and the importance of the Saints.
If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, come to a series of sessions that answer some of the basic questions about our tradition or call Pastoral Administrator Sur Schettler at 895-6246.
The Calling of Lay People to Evangelization
Lay people also fulfill their prophetic mission by evangelization, "that is, the proclamation of Christ by word and the testimony of life." For lay people, "this evangelization . . . acquires a specific property and peculiar efficacy because it is accomplished in the ordinary circumstances of the world."
This witness of life, however, is not the sole element in the apostolate; the true apostle is on the lookout for occasions of announcing Christ by word, either to unbelievers . . . or to the faithful.
Lay people who are capable and trained may also collaborate in catechetical formation, in teaching the
sacred sciences, and in use of the communications media.
"In accord with the knowledge, competence, and preeminence which they possess, [lay people] have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church, and they have a right to make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful, with due regard to the integrity of faith and morals and reverence toward their pastors, and with consideration for the common good and the dignity of persons."
--from Catechism of the Catholic Church, §§ 905-907
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