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 CHRISM MASS 2019

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Call to Continuing Conversion and Rite of Election 2019

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    The Dead Sea Scrolls series

 

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Local leaders trained in

the art of being a guide

along the journey


Wichita RCIA leadership workshop

draws 27 from Southwest Kansas

Gone are the days when becoming Catholic required a series of meetings with a priest and memorizing facts about the Catholic Church.
Through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) -- the process by which those wishing to become Catholic receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist – the road to Catholicism has become a “spiritual journey.”
And it’s a journey recognized and supported visibly by the community, which wasn’t always the case.


On Sept. 17-19, 27 priests, women Religious, and laypeople from the Diocese of Dodge City attended the North American Forum for the Catechumenate “Beginnings Institute” in Wichita, which was designed primarily to train parish leaders to initiate the RCIA process in their community. For some, such as Coleen Stein, the message reiterated some valuable teachings.
“One thing that they try to get across is that we don’t call RCIA a ‘program,’” explained Stein, who has been involved with RCIA for 14 years. “We call it a ‘process;’ it’s about individual journeys.”
 Like any individual journey, the length of passage is not always entirely clear. RCIA leaders discern each individual, case by case; the RCIA process could take six months for one person, and three years for another.
With this in mind, Stein said that the many sessions which the “catechumen” (those seeking to become Catholic) attend while on the road to entering the Church are not classes – as if designed to teach facts and figures – but instead are called “sessions.”
“They’re part of the personal journey,” Stein said. “The catechumen will continue until they’re ready to enter fully into the Church.”
Stein added that prior to the introduction of RCIA, the process of becoming a Catholic did not require the involvement of the individual’s surrounding community.
“He or she missed out on all the community support,” she said of the earlier process. “There was no communal aspect. It was not about a journey, but more about questions and answers.”
The RCIA journey includes several stages, one of which requires that the individual stand before the parish community in church and be accepted as a “catechumen” by the entire congregation.
To further press the notion of “community,” Stein recently hosted an RCIA session in which she invited Edie Loughmiller from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish to speak about Faith & Light, which offers prayerful and fun gatherings for developmentally disabled adults and children, as well as their friends and family.
“I want to bring people in to tell stories,” she said, “to help the catechumens to see the Christ in other people. With adult learning, what you walk away with is what you hear and see that fits into your story.”
The three-day Beginnings Institute, which was hosted by the Diocese of Wichita, was presented by North American Forum for the Catechumenate, which holds numerous institutes at dioceses across the country based on the different stages of the RCIA process. The Forum’s mission is to provide parish and diocesan leaders with a “deeper understanding of the vision of the RCIA process,” as well as the “fundamental and advanced skills to implement all aspects of the Rite.”

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Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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