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June 4, 2017

This Sunday we’ll celebrate the Rite of Reception into Full Communion at the 10:30am Mass.  During this Mass, one of our parishioners who is already baptized will receive the sacraments of Confirmation and first Holy Communion, thus becoming fully initiated into the Catholic Church.  We usually celebrate it during Lent but had to reschedule it this year.  Besides, Pentecost certainly seems like an appropriate time to celebrate Confirmation!

 

Along with the three parishioners who were baptized at the Easter Vigil, Linda has been preparing for these sacraments as part of the RCIA process.  Through this process, they have spent the last year or so learning about the Catholic Church.  Not only have they learned all about the teachings of the Church, but they have also been immersed in prayer and deepened their relationship with the Lord.  Under the guidance of Megan Urbaniak and the RCIA team, and accompanied by sponsors, they have discerned that God is calling them to be initiated fully into the Catholic Church.

 

As a cradle Catholic, I am always inspired by people who were not born Catholic but instead choose Catholicism on their own.  I think that most people who have served as team members or sponsors will tell you that accompanying these folks on their faith journeys is a boost to their own faith, reminding them never to take their faith for granted.

 

Receiving the sacraments is not the end of the journey, though.  In fact it’s just the beginning.  Just like all of us, their mission now is to live out their baptismal call each day.  Congratulations to our newly baptized and confirmed, and many thanks to the RCIA team and sponsors.  Please join me in praying for these folks, that their faith in God may be a source of strength and joy for them and for everyone they meet.