08-11-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Since the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has recovered the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). The RCIA program is meant to help those who have not been baptized and are seeking baptism to learn about the Catholic faith through catechesis and through the liturgy. After many months of preparation, the catechumen (an unbaptized person seeking baptism) travels to the Cathedral for the Rite of Enrollment. At this moment, the catechumen is moving forward with the various prayers and rites, usually coinciding with the Lenten season, so that at the Easter Vigil the catechumen will be baptized, confirmed and receive Holy Communion in the midst of the assembly of believers, the local parish church. Last year, St. Katharine Drexel had one catechumen at the Easter Vigil. Let us pray that this year we may have some more catechumens. If you are not baptized or if you know someone who is not baptized and has expressed an interest in the Catholic faith, please contact the office for more information.

The RCIA program is also for baptized non-Catholic Christians. If you have been baptized in another Christian church community but are considering becoming Catholic, you may also join the RCIA program. Last year, we had one candidate for full communion enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. Since a candidate would have already been baptized, we would not re-baptize the person, but we would ask the candidate to make a profession of faith and then the candidate would receive Confirmation and Holy Communion. If you are a baptized Christian but not Catholic or know someone who is baptized and not Catholic and would like to learn more about the Catholic faith, please contact the office for more information.

We also have discretion to bring through the RCIA program a baptized Catholic who through no fault of his or her own never received first Holy Communion or Confirmation. If you are a Catholic and never received Communion or Confirmation and would like to, you may also contact the office for more information. An adult Catholic who has received Holy Communion but never received Confirmation may always request the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you would like to receive Confirmation, you may also contact the office for more information. Adult Confirmation is usually a shorter preparation period than RCIA, and the sacrament would be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, again usually once in the Fall and once in Spring.

May God bless,
Fr. John