RCIA News from St. Thomas More Catholic Church
As challenging as this year has been, some things never change. Every year, men and women of all ages are drawn to learn more about the Catholic faith — and many choose to receive the sacraments of initiation and become Catholic.
This year, like every year, our parish has been blessed with new inquirers who participate in RCIA. Because of the pandemic, we have made adjustments to our program,which now takes place online. But the ritual elements of RCIA will still occur during Mass, so look for the first RCIA rites coming in November.
How You Can Help
RCIA means more than just learning about (and joining) the Catholic Church on a global scale. It’s also about finding a community of faith at the local level. For our inquirers this year, this can be a challenge, since so many of the programs and opportunities to meet parishioners and get to know our church family have been cancelled, postponed, or moved online. We hope that members of the parish will keep the RCIA inquirers and catechists in your prayers, that God may bless our program and help the participants to make wise choices about their relationship with St. Thomas More.
An important part of RCIA is the role of sponsor — a member of the parish who commits to be a companion to one of the RCIA participants. There’s no special theological or spiritual requirements: any active Catholic member of the parish can serve in this way. Because we have been blessed with many inquirers this year, we need people who are willing to serve the parish in this special ministry. Sponsors agree to participate in RCIA meetings (during Zoom) and to spend time getting to know their “sponsee” (which can also be online), and to attend the Masses where the RCIA rites will take place (several between now and Pentecost). If you would like to explore the spirituality and teachings of our Catholic faith, while providing a friendly face to an RCIA participant, please let us know — contact the RCIA team at email@example.com.
RCIA Represents Our Future
The men and women who participate in RCIA are a gift to our parish. Many will become part of our parish family, and even those who do not join the church still bless us with their interest and their temporary presence. Please keep this ministry in our prayers, let us know if you’re interested in being a sponsor, and/or let us know if you’d like to know more about RCIA and about how you as a parishioner can support this special program. Thank you, and God bless you!
Fran and Carl McColman