The Catholic Church Welcomes You
Whether you are seeking Baptism into the Catholic Church, or are from another Christian tradition, we have a pathway to help you respond more deeply to the movement of God in your life and prepare you to take your place in the Catholic community. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is designed to form disciples of Jesus into the fullness of Christian life.
As you move through times of prayer and reflection, Scripture reading, questioning and storytelling, worship and works of charity, you will be accompanied by members of the parish community. Together you will make a powerful faith journey. If you would like to learn more about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) click here.
If you are thinking about the possibility of taking that next important step or finding out more about RCIA, you should contact the Catholic parish nearest your home. The Pastor or others from the parish trained in RCIA can meet personally with you and answer questions that you may have. There is no commitment necessary on your part as you continue to seek where God might be calling you.
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Together, we are the Catholic Church
Bishop O’Connell’s homily from Rite of Election 2016
The bishop is the chief steward of the mysteries of God and the overseer of all liturgical life in the Church entrusted to his care. That’s who I am and why I am here with you today in the Cathedral, the Mother Church of our entire Diocese and all its members, the bishop’s Church. The statement that I have just made is derived from the documents of the Second Vatican Council (CD, no. 15) and has its roots in the ancient words of St. Ignatius of Antioch: “It is not permitted to baptize without the authorization of the bishop (Ad Smyrnaeous, 8, 2).” [continue reading…]
Rite of Election is major milestone for catechumens of the Diocese, story by Rose O’Conner, TrentonMonitor.com Correspondent
To see photo gallery of the Rite of Election, click HERE.
Faith Probably Won’t Strike You Like Lightning
“If you’re seeking God with your heart, if you’re seeking the truth, if you’re seeking the reality of faith, God will guide you… I would invite you to ‘Come and see’ what the Catholic Church and the community and the parish can give you.” – Michael
Often, belief in Jesus comes gradually. It might begin with a feeling or a question or a person. And then it tends to grow. There’s no “right age” or “one way” to faith. The Holy Spirit sends people, resources and most importantly – grace. The RCIA process encourages a relationship with God as the seeds of faith begin to grow.
Why Go It Alone?
“In the beginning I was trying to go it alone. I was reading the Bible by myself, and even though it’s a very strong time and emotional time to sit and read the Bible, I learned that you can’t go it alone. You need community. To be part of the Catholic Church is that bigger part that was missing.” – Kyle
Being Catholic is being part of a spiritual family and sometimes it’s a flesh and blood family that draws people to the Church. Often a husband or wife, a son or daughter, or even a dear friend provides the first invitation to “Come and see.” Next an invitation by a Church member opens the door to formation through the RCIA. RCIA teams help find answers to questions, make the Word of God come alive and prepare people to receive the Sacraments – encounters with Jesus Christ. The community of the family of God is the support for beginning faith.
We Might Wander but God Works
“Listen, read, learn, do all you can do – and decide! I did. Every relationship in my life has become better. My faith has helped me understand people a little bit better. It has helped me to forgive.” – Karrie
Some decisions we make lead to God and some lead us away from God – into the darkness of unbelief or apathy. But God patiently waits and works – often through the Church – to reach hearts. The Church isn’t perfect, but it is made up of many good and holy people. It doesn’t have a spotless history, but it has an amazing story. It might not offer flawless ritual, but it holds the perfect Prayer – the Mass. God works to touch souls through the people, history, ritual and beauty that make up the Church.
And through all that, God can work miracles of faith. With nothing but an open heart – and God’s grace – exploration can become belonging that is transformative and that leads to life’s great joy.