At the 10:30 am Mass on Sunday, February 28, Jessica Navarro, part of this year's Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) group seeking entrance into the Catholic faith, went through the Rite of Sending before heading down to Holy Name Cathedral in the afternoon for the Rite of Election.
There, she was presented to Bishop Grob and recognized alongside other catechumens (unbaptized) in the final weeks of their preparation for entering the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. Please keep her, Corina Cleja, and Daniel Geihsler, our other RCIA candidates (who have already been baptized), and the RCIA team in your prayers in these final weeks of this important faith formation process.
Over the next three weekends at one of the Sunday Masses, the RCIA group will undergo the Scrutinies where they will be examined about their own desires to turn away from sin and embrace the gospel of Jesus. These Rites invite all of us “old Catholics” to do the same in our lives, as we share the common goal of being ready for the celebration of Easter. The schedule is:
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process by which adults learn more about the Catholic Church. This free program begins in late September and meets until Pentecost.
Many people who begin RCIA are non-Catholics seeking to become Catholic or at least to explore whether Catholicism might be a good home. Those who complete the process and decide to become Catholic are initiated into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. Others who take RCIA are already Catholic but want a deeper understanding of their faith foundation.
The RCIA process does not ask those who have been baptized in another faith to give up their denominational experiences. Rather, the RCIA process seeks to add new colors and designs to their existing faith life tapestry. In addition to attending Mass, the RCIA process includes weekly gatherings of breaking open the Word of God, sharing our stories, and learning about our faith traditions.
This year, RCIA gatherings will be a mixture of Zoom meetings and in-person gatherings after Mass.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the RCIA process at St. Gertrude, contact me at email@example.com or call the Rectory at 773.764.3621. We can set up a call or a Zoom meeting.
~ Kevin Chears, Pastoral Associate