“The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). Then he brought him to Jesus.” John 1:35-42
In John’s Gospel above, we see the first disciples following Jesus and asking him, ‘where do you stay?’ and he invites them to come and see. After meeting Jesus, Andrew goes home and tells his brother Simon Peter about Jesus and brought him to Jesus. Like Simon Peter, more often than not, we respond to someone in our life asking us or inviting us to become involved or join them in an activity or group. At times we may ask a person how we could be a part of one of these groups. It is no different with our faith. Our Happiness and commitment to our faith life, is by far that strongest witness and example to those outside of the faith, or perhaps someone who has chosen to step away from the faith, that the Church has.
Whether through marriage, or by the example of people they know, perhaps after attending a wedding, baptism or funeral of a friend, or just by driving by a full parking lot on a weekend, men and women come to express interest about the Roman Catholic faith. That initial curiosity when nurtured, has led many to pursue instruction and ultimately answer God’s call to holiness and initiation into the Roman Catholic faith.
If you know of someone who has asked you about the Catholic Faith, or has asked how to become a part of the church, If you yourself have been thinking of learning more about the Catholic Church with the desire of joining us in the church, If you have been baptized in the Catholic Church though have not received First Communion and Confirmation. We invite you to learn more about this.
The program of instruction for adults interested to learn more and ultimately join us in the Catholic Church is called The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and we offer this program in throughout the year, with the Sacraments of Initiation to be celebrated at the Easter Vigil on April 9, 2023.
If someone you know has expressed interest in our Church, please share this invitation with them. If RCIA is something you are interested in knowing more about, please call the parish office or contact Fr. Paul Aveni to arrange a meeting with me to begin a discussion of your particular interests.