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Breathing ‘new life’

into the RCIA process

It is one of the most fundamental of Catholic initiatives, a process designed to introduce, educate, and guide people into the Catholic faith, yet, many parishes in the United States have failed to address this program.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), was the subject of two, day-long workshops: Sept. 18 in English at St. Joseph Church in Scott City; and Sept. 19 in Spanish at St. Anthony Parish in Liberal.
Hosting both workshops was Father Tim Piasecki, former member of the board of directors for North American Forum on the Catechumenate, and pastor of St. Mary Parish in Aurora, Ill. The workshops were designed to address the Church’s vision for this Rite as well as some how-to tips for implementation.
“Work in these Initiation ministries is so very exciting,” Father Piasecki told the Register.  “To be a part of the joy and journey as someone  finds the happiness of knowing God’s unconditional love and forgiveness never fails to renew one’s own faith and commitment to Christ and his Church.
“From the very first days, Jesus has sent his Church to make disciples of all nations and to baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Although we have succeeded in baptizing the nations, we have not always been as successful in making disciples.”
RCIA is a “marriage of liturgy and catechesis. With liturgical rites and teachings, people are called to follow Jesus in the Catholic Church, prepare themselves for their life as disciples. The goal is to equip candidates with what they need in order to take their place in the world as authentic disciples of the Lord Jesus.”

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