Pastor’s Column

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2013

My brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,

We begin the fall which I see the leaves changing theirs color and they look so beautiful.  They are God’s creation for us.  Evermore beautifully if this Fall we have opportunity to invite many joining the Catholic faith.  In God’s will, he wants everyone following him.  At St. Boni and St. Mary Czestochowa we work together and we will host an information night on October 1, 2013 at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall at St. Boniface, for anyone wants to learn more about the Catholic faith.  If you know of anyone please invite them for this evening.

RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is an extended period of instruction in the faith called catechesis, and spiritual formation in the Church of Jesus Christ; the Catholic Church. Although it is primarily the process by which people become full members in the Catholic Church, RCIA welcomes serious inquirers at all levels of knowledge, faith and intent that desire to learn, to know about God in the Catholic Church. Ultimately, the process culminates in the reception of one (or more) of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

An Outline of the Stages of the RCIA Process

  • Period of Inquiry (beginning October)

Inquirers are invited to deepen their understanding of how God has been active in their lives, and begin to learn what the Catholic Church believes, teaches and proclaims to be revealed by God.

  • Rites of Acceptance and Welcome (mid-November)

Inquirers are recognized by the Church as genuinely seeking greater instruction and formation.

  • Period of the Catechumenate

The catechumens (non-baptized) and candidates (baptized) reflect more deeply on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His Church, and their personal journeys of faith.

  • Rite of Election (mid-February)

The catechumens are welcomed by the bishop and declared “elect” in the sight of the Church—as legitimately seeking baptism. Candidates are also blessed by the bishop.

  • Period of Purification and Enlightenment (Lent)

Those elected for Baptism together with the candidates deepen their prayer and examine their lives more closely as they prepare to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation.

  • Rites of Initiation (Easter)

The elect and candidates profess their faith and receive their Sacraments of Initiation at the Great Vigil of Easter, welcomed into full communion with the Catholic Church.

  • Period of Mystagogy

The newly initiated persons reflect further on the mystery of the Easter Sacraments and become more integrated into the community of the Church as faith-filled and active disciples of the Lord.

At St. Boniface and St. Mary Czestochowa, the formal RCIA process begins in October and ends during Easter season.  The meeting time will be determined.

Rev. Joseph-Quoc Vuong