Last weekend at Breakfast Club, I was so pleased to see one of our Catechumens from last years RCIA class volunteering at Breakfast Club! And, another former RCIA member sat with our family for breakfast. I observe RCIA folks from years past being a part of our wonderful choir, serving at Mass, volunteering with St. Vincent de Paul, being a sponsor for current RCIA participants, and so many others who have gone through the process truly being a part of our Holy Redeemer community.
What a blessing it is for Deacon Chris (I know he believes this too) and myself to walk with those who are on the journey to enter fully into the Catholic Church. As we have been spending holy time with these Candidates and Catechumens, we are entrusted with their faith stories and their journeys they have been on that have brought them to this place. We meet every Tuesday to share and talk and learn and grow together. And then, on Sundays, our RCIA class is present here, at Mass, with all of you, with the Body of Christ. They are with us to pray during the Liturgy of the Word and then are dismissed before the Liturgy of the Eucharist. When they are dismissed, they have the opportunity to go and reflect on what they have heard in the Liturgy and reflect more on God’s Holy Word.
As we are in the midst of Lent, their formal preparation time will be coming to a close. The Easter Vigil is weeks away now and our time of waiting will almost be over. We will have a Baptism, First Communions and Confirmations. Those who have been walking with us will be able to be fully present with us in the Eucharist. We are on the countdown to the Easter Vigil. Not the end of our time together, but just the beginning of being a member of the Body of Christ here at Holy Redeemer and more, as a full and active member of the Catholic Church!
This past week, we celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A Sacrament that heals, that makes us whole again. A Sacrament that heals what was broken in the Body of Christ. As our RCIA group was able to experience the healing power of God, I pray that we are able to experience God’s presence in our lives, especially during this holy season of Lent. How can we find God in our daily life? How can we look at the beauty of our faith and see God in our community? How are we continuing to pray, fast and give alms during this season of Lent?
This week, take some time to pray for our RCIA group. Pray that they are able to experience the presence to God in their lives, and especially in this community of Holy Redeemer.
Blessings for a good and holy week!