Would you consider becoming Catholic?
I want to take a moment and invite you to consider joining the Catholic faith.
I know that an article in a newsletter is not the most personal way to ask you to consider Catholicism. In fact, the best way for me to ask you is in person. This is actually how Jesus called the Apostles. As the Gospel of Matthew says, “He called them…and the followed him” (5:21-22). I would love to be able to do that! Maybe, if you ever join us for Mass at St. Francis, we could meet in the vestibule and I could personally ask you to join the Church. If you would let me do that I hope we could meet there face-to-face!
But in the meantime, while you and I may not be in the same place at the same time, could you consider this article a true invitation to join the faith?
I invite you into full communion with the Catholic Church: to be able to receive the Eucharist with us, to participate in the sacrament of Confession, to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit through Confirmation. The rich history of the Church, the clarity of her teachings, the robust celebrations of the Sacraments, the family bonds of the community are some of the amazing blessings of the Catholic Church. And it is my sincerest hope that you would consider sharing in these blessings with us.
In my time as a priest one of the greatest blessings has been to lead classes that allow people to inquire about the Catholic faith and to take steps toward becoming Catholic. We call these classes “R.C.I.A.”, which stands for, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The classes will happen every Wednesday evening from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm starting April 5th, 2017 and concluding on Oct 4th, 2017. This April Fr. Josh Evans will be leading the RCIA classes (…after all I can’t hog all the blessings to myself!). The classes themselves are designed to discuss the basic teachings of the Catholic faith and to introduce a person into the various traditions and disciplines of Catholicism. Because of this a person who is already Catholic may also choose to join us.
The whole purpose of RCIA is to enter into dialogue with the Catholic faith and to discern whether or not God is calling you to join. This is why it takes six months to go through the process: we do not want to pressure a person into a decision; but after prayer and conversation a person can freely choose to make the choice to join if he or she wishes.
So, even though I know this is not a face-to-face invitation, would you consider becoming Catholic? If you would like me to ask you in person, please don’t hesitate to meet me at the back of the Church after Mass sometime. I would be honored to invite you in person.