ADULT FAITH FORMATION: the journey RESUMES!
In the sacraments of Christian initiation we are freed from the power of darkness and joined to Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, we receive the Spirit of filial adoption and are part of the entire people of God in the celebration of the Lord’s death and resurrection. Opening statement of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
The document Our hearts were burning within us from the US Catholic bishops outlines the goals of Adult Faith Formation (AFF):
- Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life
- Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian Community
- Call and Prepare Adults to Act as Disciples in Mission to the World
Both RCIA and AFF are neither about knowledge nor about “collecting” sacraments in such a way that after receiving them, I stop coming to the Community, the Church, since I am “done”. That is a very erroneous and poor understanding of being, becoming a Catholic Christian. Both AFF and RCIA are about developing an experience about Christ, his Kingdom, the Gospel values, the Catholic Church and developing an active membership in the Parish and a sense of mission, witnessing the Gospel, something without an expiration date!
To that end we offer this schedule for our AFF journey. The sessions will be facilitated by Mrs. Alicia Contreras, the Parish DRE, Mrs. Gladys Flores, Mrs. Terrie & Deacon Pete Nañez, and myself. This year’s sessions will be on What is Basic about Catholicism? We start on Monday the 10th Wednesdays at 7:00 pm by Mrs. Terrie and Deacon Pete Thursdays at 7:30 pm, by Fray Luis Gerardo
Even though we are baptized, in many instances we do not know what is essential and what is not to our faith. These sessions will help you find out! These is the overall schedule of all the sessions:
|Mondays, in Spanish||6:30 pm – 7:30 pm||(starting the 10th)|
|Tuesdays, in Spanish||10:00 am – 11:00 am||(starting the 11th)|
|Tuesdays, in Spanish||7:30 pm – 8:30 pm||(starting the 11th)|
|Wednesdays, in English||7:00 pm – 8:00 pm||(starting the 12th)|
|Thursdays, in Spanish and English||7:30 pm – 8:30 pm||(starting the 13th)|
From the Parish we are making an effort to offer different days / times so that people will find the time/day best suitable for them and there will be no excuse on only having one day or time available. There is up to 6 different sessions to choose from! Do not let this opportunity pass you by and learn, live out our beautiful Catholic Faith!
For the parents of the CCD children / youth, those will be the sessions they are to attend. Yes, they are mandatory. At least one of the parents is to attend one of those sessions. Chose the one best suited for you either based on language or day. It does not make sense, does it, that the parents make their children come to Faith Formation while they don’t. Same as the reception of the Eucharist: it does not make sense for the parents to send their children to receive the Body of Christ while they stay in the pew since they are not married in Church! If that is your situation, come, let’s talk; we are here to help you be a better missionary disciple of Jesus and his Kingdom and better participate in the life of the Community called Our Lady of Lourdes.Luis Gerardo, Capuchin
Children / Youth Faith FormationPlease contact our Religious Education Office at (214) 678-0487 for details about your children / youth involvement in learning the Catholic Faith. Remember, after they receive their sacraments of Communion and Confirmation, they are not “done” and need to keep learning about our Catholic Faith.
Youth GroupCome on Sundays at 12:00 noon, to experience Jesus with other kids your age. Fun, Bible, games.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A)
Adults RCIA Sundays at 12:15 pm
Children RCIA: Sundays at 12:15 pm
For adults today, the Church, after the Second Vatican Council, has restored the order of the Catechumenate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.). It outlines the steps for the formation of catechumens, bringing their conversion to the faith to a greater maturity. It helps them respond more deeply to God's gracious initiative in their lives and prepares them for union with the Church community. This process is meant to form them into the fullness of the Christian life and to become disciples of Jesus, their teacher. This includes an initiation into the mystery of salvation, the practice of faith, hope, and love, and other virtues in a succession of liturgical rites. Persons baptized into another Christian church and now seeking full communion with the Catholic Church are also welcomed to participate along with catechumens in the RCIA in the process of learning about the Catholic faith and being formed in that faith. They bring to the process of preparation their prior experience of Christian life and prayer. For a baptized Christian, reception into full communion with the Catholic Church involves reception of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and then a Profession of Faith followed by the celebration of Confirmation and the Eucharist.