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RCIA to Begin for the Last Time

BY FATHER JOHN GRANT

Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, ‘We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’” (Jn 1:45-46)

RCIA logo2Have you ever had a conversation like this with a friend or relative, who is interested in the Catholic faith, but doesn’t know where to begin? This September, Holy Family Cathedral Parish will begin The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA), hopefully for the last time. Yes, you read that right… this will be the last time we begin RCIA, because as a community of Christian disciples, we are to constantly evangelize as the Lord commissioned us: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt 28:19-20)

Introducing people to Christ is just something we do. And since the Holy Spirit blows where He wills, it is unreasonable to think that the process of coming to know Jesus fits easily into an annual academic-year schedule. So we will now welcome those who are seeking faith whenever they arrive, inviting them to “come and see.”

IMGP8245The primary agent of Christian Initiation is not the RCIA director, or even the pastor. It is the responsibility of all the baptized within the context of the parish community (cf. RCIA, 4,9). Therefore, it is with and through our parish that inquirers will come to know who Christ is by engaging with the members of His Mystical Body. Some may feel led by the Holy Spirit to become sponsors, or godparents, who serve as personal guides in the faith. You don’t have to be an expert to be a sponsor, and you don’t have to do it alone. All you have to do is be Catholic in front of the inquirer and allow them to see your relationship with Christ and His Church lived out.

You may also grow deeper in your own faith during the process, for the best way to learn is by articulating something to another. But it is the entire parish community that must not only welcome, but reach out to our brothers and sisters who are searching for Christ, who are in need of His grace to be fed and healed. For we, as a parish must radiate the light of Christ beyond the walls of our beautiful church in downtown Tulsa. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.” (Mt 5:14)

We ask you to please join us in inviting those who are seeking Christ for the first time as Catechumens and those who are seeking full communion with the Catholic Church as baptized Candidates. It is the Holy Spirit who calls, but each one of us must be ready to make ourselves instruments of His will.

If you know someone who would like to learn more about becoming a Catholic Christian invite them to join you at our first inquiry session, coming up on September 9 at 7:00pm, or contact us at TulsaCathedral@gmail.com for more information.

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