IT HAS BEGUN, weekly sessions of the 2017-18 RCIA season, named the precatechumenate for the unbaptized. Excitingly, those being served, “inquirers,” whose interest, commitment and faith formation vary, have increased from our initial session and more may come. For all, it is a time of fellowship: 1) sharing stories and answering questions, 2) building relationships and foundations for future study and spiritual growth and 3) looking to the Rite of Acceptance (for the unbaptized) and the Rite of Welcoming (for the baptized), which we will celebrate late-September for those who are ready.
This is also an exciting time for our parish family, an essential part of RCIA! When Jesus sent his apostles to make disciples, it was within the community of believers that those “new disciples” were baptized, informed and transformed. Like in a family when a new baby arrives, those already in the family lend support, from the youngest who holds the new sibling, to older siblings who help feed and clothe the baby, to parents who provide for the child’s overall spiritual and physical needs. All of our St. Joseph family is called to welcome, engage, share with and invite into community our new inquirers.
So, if you are interested in seeing what Catholic Christianity is all about or you are a parishioner with a heart/mind/soul for adult formation or other areas of service, contacting a member of the RCIA core team is always in season. We are: Deacon Don Craighead, Director, 615-870-0488; Bill Chalfin, 615-948-0529; Al Fleck, 615-868-5650; Debra Head, 615-851-1908; Don Steinhilber, 615-265-8375. You’ll be glad you did!
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† The RCIA—not just a ministry but the ministry of the Church! †
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