RCIA

RCIA News

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This ministry is so blessed to have the full support of the Catholic community here at Our Lady of Grace. So often those directed to RCIA here, are here because of you - whether it is by way of a friendly invitation proffered, by your fully engaged presence at weekly Mass, or by the joyful accolades about your faith that you share with others. These are all forms of discipleship, and are a big help in our mission of making Jesus Christ known and loved. Thank you!

We are excited to see the transformation of this year’s “RCIAers” as we share with them God’s love for them. Thank you in advance for your prayers and willingness to share Mass time with some of the requisite Rites and celebrations throughout this next year, as well as for your continued outreach while we integrate our latest group of neophytes into their Catholic faith. We will be jumping right into RCIA so these updates will be less frequent and, don’t worry, less lengthy. Please check back for future updates. Pax tecum.

Contact Sean Lavell at seanlavell@olgparish.org or in the Parish Office (x9042) for more information.

RCIA Update August (Part 2) - What is RCIA?

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Margaret Lively, RCIA Director

Well, simply stated, RCIA is the formal Rite and process consisting of instruction, reflection, prayer, formation and discernment by which adults choose for themselves to follow Jesus Christ by entering into full communion with the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

It is a Rite in the sense that it ultimately involves several religious Rites and Sacraments conventionally celebrated within our Catholic community: Baptism, Communion, Confession and Confirmation.

It is a process in which we follow a custom developed, approved curriculum that includes requisite topics for building one’s knowledge and love of the Catholic faith. Becoming Catholic typically takes 10 months or so, but nobody is ever rushed – real relationships take time to develop, right?

Through RCIA, a seriously seeking individual will not only discover and solidify a real relationship with Jesus Christ, they will also: learn the precepts of the Catholic Church; study the Word of God; understand the application of the Ten Commandments and the institution of the Seven Sacraments; learn the basic history of Christianity and the Church; attend Mass; take time for personal prayer and contemplation. Plus anything else we can squeeze in to help them in this momentous journey as they become fully equipped to continue their life-long relationship with Jesus and His Church.

RCIA Update August (Part 1)

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Margaret Lively, RCIA Director

It has been a blessedly busy past year in our RCIA ministry here at Our Lady of Grace. We have welcomed 12 into the fullness of the Catholic faith, with more still on their journey, and we are looking forward to this coming year! Perhaps you have even forgotten what this somewhat clumsy acronym stands for - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

As you all know through your years as faithful, practicing Catholics, we are all called to make Jesus Christ known and loved. We do this through living our lives in Christ and always seeing Christ in others; attending Mass regularly; connecting with Jesus in prayer daily, practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy; knowing, understanding and incorporating Jesus’ teachings into our everyday lives. Here is a huge opportunity for you to make a tremendous difference in someone’s life, just by reaching and inviting someone you know who might be seriously interested in experiencing what the Catholic faith offers through RCIA. As my dear Mom used to say, “Noodle on it awhile.” But really noodle on it in the next few weeks - RCIA starts Wednesday, September 11! We have an updated handout card in the Commons for you to give to your special inquirer - then, with a quick phone call from them, we’ll joyfully take it from there.

2019 Discipleship Guide Book

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Look in your mailbox for our new Discipleship Guide Book! Advertisers helped provide this service at no cost to our parish. We encourage you to think of them in the future as your needs arise. Contact amandavogt@guidebookpublishing.com for more information or if you are interested in advertising next year.

Please familiarize yourself with the OLG ministries and organizations located in the front of the book. An electronic PDF version of the Guide Book, which you can download to your computer, smartphone or tablet is available for your convenience.

Congratulations!

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Congratulations to the Elect and Candidates who came into the Church and received her sacraments at the Easter Vigil! And also to a Catholic who completed her sacramental initiation! There are a number of people still in the RCIA process preparing to come into the Church and receive their sacraments in the future. Please keep them, and our new Catholics, in your prayers!

RCIA Update April

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Margaret Lively, RCIA Director

It is almost upon us! What exactly is it? It is the Easter Vigil Mass, when we as a parish community and as members of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic faith, welcome those desiring to join the Church after successfully completing their formation and preparation begun last September. This is quite an accomplishment, and these lucky few certainly merit our support and appreciation! Please join us at 8:00 PM on Saturday, April 20, 2019 and be buoyed by the love and commitment you will witness in these new Catholics. And did I mention we serve cake afterward?

Annual Report 2017 - 2018

Please find below a downloadable version of the 2016-2017 Our Lady of Grace Parish Annual Report. In the words of Fr. Kevin, “Let the reading of our Annual Report inspire you to deeper gratitude for how our parish carries out the mission of making Jesus Christ known and loved. Let our Annual Report be a way to ponder how you and your family might serve within our parish community.”

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To download a copy of the 2016-2017 Annual Report click the image on the right or click here.

RCIA Update - October

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Margaret Lively, RCIA Director

"To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement." - St. Augustine of Hippo

The esteemed Saint Augustine inspires all of us in Our Lady of Grace’s RCIA process this year, which is well underway with approximately 15-20 people formally inquiring about our Catholic faith.

We appreciate those of you who have volunteered to assist in this amazing ministry and, for those of you otherwise occupied, we know we can count on your prayers and support throughout the process, as our seeking brothers and sisters continue to develop their relationships with Jesus Christ and the Church.

We will continue to update the parish as we all work together to share God’s love with these folks and welcome them to our parish. Many who have come to “kick the tires” on our Catholic faith were drawn in by how welcomed and cared for they felt by the people of Our Lady of Grace. Keep up the Lord’s work—continue to be Christ to all you encounter, be His hands and feet on this earth.

Join Us for RCIA

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Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 PM, School Library

Are you engaged or married to a Catholic and want to know more about the Catholic faith?

Are you a baptized Catholic, but missed the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation?

Then RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) might be perfect for you…

Contact Sean Lavell at seanlavell@olgparish.org or in the Parish Office (x9042) for more information.