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RCIA: Growing Faith is an Exciting Adventure

    Jason and Lenora Bliss have spent the last few years engaging with our parish as they have been called to the Catholic faith and have pursued its value in their life. Here are their responses to questions about that journey.

Jason, what made you reach out for Catholic teaching?
God comes to us. I think that I was drawn in my early years attending school and Mass at Monte Casino. As a child I enjoyed Mass and developed respect for the devotion that the Nuns and Priests have. My parents and entire family at that time were Protestant. While attending their services I never really felt at home. As I grew older, I became materialistic, but even then always felt there was a void in my life. When I lived in South Central Louisiana the utter destruction of Hurricane Katrina brought so much horror and misery to my attention I began to ask myself serious questions about the meaning of life.

Later on, my wife and I moved to a high-rise apartment with a splendid view of Holy Family Cathedral.   Then I began to seek God in earnest. My mother converted to Catholicism a few years previously. She gave me some Catholic literature that I began to read. I began to attend Catholic services in 2010. Soon after, I began attending Deacon Mattox’s Bible Study in the spring. My questions about life were beginning to be resolved as I read various classic books, began to say the rosary and make mental prayer. What is most astounding is my discovery that Msgr. Halpine was the priest while I was attending Monte Casino.

How has being Catholic changed your daily life?
Mainly, I have learned that Jesus is my friend with whom I have trust and complete confidence in life’s events, both the good and the bad. This brings peace of mind and certainty of God’s support.

How did the Mass and the RCIA sessions impact your daily life?
They made me appreciate life more and inspired me to live life as a Christian on a daily basis. Going to R.C.I.A, Dcn. Mattox’s Bible study and watching various programming on E.W.T.N taught me how to read the Bible and understand the fulfillment of the scriptures.  It also made me learn how to understand the Mass, how to practice the Sacraments and how to prepare myself for Mass.  Not enough thanks and gratitude can be given to the dedicated staff of R.C.I.A.

Did you feel support from other parish members?
I feel as if I have a new family. No pressure and no one was overbearing to join the church.  To witness the devotion of the R.C.I.A staff and other Parishioners was instrumental in my conversion process. I had wonderful people step up and answer questions. Our Parish has the most diverse congregation I know of which provides an excellent environment for learning and guiding on one’s spiritual path. I recommend our Parish to anyone who is inquiring about the Catholic faith.

How did being baptized, confirmed, and receiving the Eucharist for the first time make you feel?
Wonderful! I am now a member of God’s Household, one of his family.

Lenora Bliss responds now with her experiences:

Lenora, what made you reach out for Catholic teaching?
I was raised Southern Baptist. At the age of 15 I had the opportunity to take a neighbor of ours to Mass every week. I paid attention to the Mass and began to feel it was “right”. I’m sure I was lifted up in prayer by that sweet elderly lady and several more Catholic people that I had come in contact with. So the seed was planted early on. Sadly I fell away from God for years. My husband began R.C.I.A classes two years ago. When my husband was watching the Fr. Robert Barron series on Catholicism I was secretly listening. Much to my husband’s surprise I started attending R.C.I.A. sessions last year. I have recently been received into Full Communion with the church and feel so blessed!

How has being Catholic changed your daily life?
Performing daily Prayer, both mental prayer and the Rosary. I feel a stronger desire to help others.

How did the Mass and the RCIA sessions impact your daily life?
They gave me a better understanding of the scriptures and of Catholicism itself.

Did you feel support from other parish members?
Yes. I met a lot of wonderful people in R.C.I.A and I feel the entire staff do a great job.

How did being baptized, confirmed, and receiving the Eucharist for the first time make you feel?
Truly mere words cannot express but if I had to use one word that word would be PEACE.

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