September 24, 2019. This is an important date for all of us at Christ the King. Write it over the doorposts of your homes, on the foreheads of your children and in your hearts. Tuesday, September 24, is the beginning of a new season of the RCIA. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the ordinary way in which the Catholic Church introduces herself to people who want to know about the faith and practices of Catholics.
In an earlier time, before the Second Vatican Council, people who were interested in learning about Catholicism usually met with the parish priest. They would receive a catechism book and, for those who felt called to become Catholic, after a few sessions, they would be received into the Church by a profession of faith or the Sacrament of Baptism.
The Second Vatican Council restored the earlier practice of preparing and welcoming new members into the Church through the catechumenate. The catechumenate was a means by which the entire community had a role in preparing and welcoming new members. The Second Vatican Council restored the catechumenate and through the RCIA includes not just the parish priest but the entire community in this work of evangelization by which we share the treasure of our Catholic faith with others.
In this case, as in so many other cases (Mass in the language of the people, people receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus at Mass, receiving new members into the Church at the Easter Vigil, the Order of Permanent Deacons) the Second Vatican Council, far from coming up with ‘new’ things, rediscovered things that had been lost to the Church for centuries and restored them to the life of Catholics..
September 24, 2019. We all have a role in preparing for the new season of the RCIA. Part of that role is praying for the men and women who will begin the journey of the RCIA on September 24 and praying for the RCIA Team that will walk with the men and women of this year’s RCIA. Part of that role may be serving as a sponsor for one of the RCIA candidates. Part of the role is getting the message out to family and friends who might be interested in knowing more about our Catholic faith. A phone call, a personal invitation over dinner or mailing one of the Letters of Invitation available at the Welcome Desk in the vestibule of the Church are all ways of extending the welcome.
September 24, 2019. Write it over the doorposts of your homes, on the foreheads of your children and in your hearts.
September 15, 2019, is another very important date. It’s Sunday. See you at Mass!