Have you ever wondered how a person becomes a Catholic?
Well here at St Clare of Assisi we conduct a process each year that allows Inquirers to attend classes once a week beginning in September to discern whether they feel that our Faith is calling them to begin to seriously consider the possibility of becoming a Catholic.
The process is called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
We are a team of 6 to 8 parishioners who provide information based on the four pillars of the Church. The Creed, The Sacraments, Liturgy and Prayer. Our talks each week are focused on one aspect of our Faith. These talks are often presented by team members and on occasion we have guest speakers from the diocese who bring a wealth of knowledge about certain specialized topics.
Over the past 8 or 9 years there have been 50 or more candidates who have become members of St Clare’s faith family and many of them you see each week as Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, Choir members, Prep Teachers and Bible Study facilitators. They have become an integral part of our Community. See RCIA under Group Contacts for more details.
Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
We ask you, brothers, to respect those who are laboring among you and who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you, and to show esteem for them with special love on account of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.