RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)

  • Are you thirsting for God?
  • Do you want to know more about Jesus and the Catholic faith?
  • Thinking of becoming a member of the Catholic Church?
  • Baptised, but not received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist?
  • Interested in becoming a member of the RCIA support team?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the above, the RCIA process is for you!.

Thirsting for God

The thirst for God is present in every heart. We just aren’t able to recognize it yet. Even at the heart of addictive and compulsive behaviours lies the desperate thirst for salvation – something that only God can give.

In today’s age of terrorism, violence and fear we thirst for God more than ever. We long for God to act. But, for true peace, we must try to understand God’s will for us – even in the midst of chaos. This understanding comes to us through the light of the Gospel, which brings us great hope and consolation.

For us Christians, Jesus is our true light shining in the darkness. He is our true joy because He loved us first – even unto death on across for our sakes. This is the kind of life-giving love that the world desperately needs today. Only this kind of love can bring true peace and restoration.

And yet, we are not the only ones thirsting. He too is thirsting for us! Jesus taught the beautiful parable of the prodigal son in the Gospels (Luke 15:11-32) which speaks more of the Father’s longing for his son’s return than of the son’s desire to be with his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

“The seeds of truth are present everywhere,” Pope Francis says,“for they are the gift of the creator, who calls all people to recognize him as the good and faithful father.”

Ultimately, each of us is left with our own decision about a faith to live by. Pray for discernment to be able to choose wisely.

A Prayer for Discernment

Lord, my God and my loving Father, you have made me to know you, to love you, to serve you, and thereby to find and fulfil myself.
I know that you are in all things, and that every path can lead me to you. But of them all, there is one especially by which you want me to come to you.
Since I will do what you want of me, I pray you, send your Holy Spirit to me: into my mind – to show me what you want of me; into my heart – to give me the determination to do it, and to do it with all my love, with all my mind, and with all my strength – right to the very end.
Amen.
(A prayer by the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus).

Is the Catholic way of life for you?

Do you feel drawn to the Catholic Church? Want to understand the RCIA process? Or,just initiate a discussion with someone you can trust? Fr. Brendan Hogan and Fr. James Fernandez would love to meet you!.

Catholic Resources

bustedhalo

Busted Halo is an incredible site especially for seekers like yourself. Sponsored by the Paulists, it is written by young adults for young adults. It includes discussion boards on various topics, guides for seekers and hosts “Sacraments 101,” a web video series geared for those who’d like an introduction or refresher course on important, tangible Catholic experiences of God.

Also check out My Catholic Life which gives you a complete summary of the Catholic faith in easy-to-read eBooks.