We are blessed to have four people in our community who desire to be baptized and enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program has been meeting for over two months now, and I feel blessed to be leading the team of catechists and sponsors for them. Daniel, Janet, Nelson and Shirley have all voiced their desire to become Catholic Christians and receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion) next Easter, and are presently entering the Catechumenate—that is, becoming formal and public petitioners to enter the Church.

Please pray for our brothers and sisters who have been moved by the Holy Spirit and encouraged by the example of Catholic friends, family members and colleagues, as they continue to learn about prayer, the liturgy and the Mass, and many tidbits of scripture, theology, and Catholic culture and tradition.

They will be participating in the Rite of Dismissal during the 10:30am Sunday Masses from now until Easter. After the readings and the homily, they will exit the nave of the church and go to study and discuss the readings and homily they have just listened to. As the rest of us continue to pray and participate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist, they prepare for the day when they will be able to join us around the table of the altar and share Christ’s Body and Blood with us.

Their faith and commitment to becoming Catholic is an inspiration and encouragement for our faith, whether we are converts or cradle Catholic ourselves, and our examples of living out the faith, in good times and especially through challenges, is an inspiration for and gives hope and reassurance to them.  Let us hold one another up in prayer, and pray especially for these four people and their families as they continue this time of prayer and preparation.