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|6:00 - 7:15 PM New Inquirers||No commitment / Getting the basics / A time for questions||Repeated quarterly - join any time!|
|7:15 - 8:30 PM Catechumenate Group||Receive the Word + Church teaching / Learn to be a disciple||Updated quarterly - join via discernment|
*In-person sessions are held in the Parish Center (church undercroft) where we have ample room to spread out. A face covering is required.
To learn more and begin attending, please contact Chris Stier at 937-557-1711, ext. 102 or [email protected].
W H A T I S R C I A?
If you could have certain knowledge of any one thing in life, what would you choose?
Financial security (wealth)?
A vaccine for COVID-19?
Maybe a cure for cancer?
How about this instead...a cure for death!
Everlasting life with abundant joy and infinite love starting right now! That is the offer Jesus makes to each of us (John 3:16). And there's something more.
To understand the more, we travel back in time to the ancient days of the Church. Under Roman occupation, it was a time of chaos and great upheaval. In those days Christians’ refusal to worship Roman gods caused them to be viewed as reckless and callous to the welfare of their fellow man. Indeed, they were called “haters of humanity” (Tacitus, Annals 15.44). As a result, they often suffered serious persecution.
And yet, the Church grew! Living a counter-cultural lifestyle (e.g. caring for the sick, showing generosity to the poor, and adhering to a high moral standard) was attractive to many. Most of all, Christians lived in community and looked after one another. Christianity is a group project, and amidst our modern day cultural revolution that caring community still exists...in your local Catholic parish. So let’s talk about how you become a full-fledged member!
Since we’re discussing early Christianity, did you know that the first followers of Christ were not called “Christians”? They didn’t get that name until about the middle of the first century. Before that, believers were called “followers of the Way” (Acts 9:2; 11:26).
For people who were alive before the Resurrection, following “the Way” meant quite literally walking behind Jesus as he moved from place to place, listening to him teach, and living the way he lived. After the Resurrection, the first disciples needed to provide some other way for new seekers to follow “the Way.” And their method is outlined for us in the Acts of the Apostles:
All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. (Acts 2:44-47)
If we break that Scripture passage apart, we see that the first disciples were doing four major things that attracted new believers “day by day.” They followed the Way by:**
- Living together in community
- Taking care of anyone who was in need
- Listening to the word of God and the teaching of the rabbis in the temple
- Breaking bread
This is the experience we aim to give you in RCIA: an apprenticeship in Christianity over a period of months, sometimes longer. In doing so, you’re able to discern whether you want to accept Christ’s invitation to a radically different way of living, one that leads to eternal life.
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P A R I S H F A M I L Y P H O T O A L B U M
Jun 13, 2020 - At the vigil Mass on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we welcomed five new members into the St. Mary faith community! Pictured left to right are: Penni Gust, Rylee Gust, Rhiannon Flowers, Alex Kinnaird, and Nathan Thompson.
Apr 20, 2019 - At the candlelit Easter Vigil, most noble among all solemnities, we welcomed eight new members into the St. Mary faith community! Pictured left to right are: Sierra Fox, Jennifer and Jeff Pelgen, Shirley Minella, Kate Berry, Russ Urzi, Michael Gallagher, and Geoff Lewis.