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Seeking Faith/RCIA Calendar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

We meet on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in Knight Hall

 

January 9     The Sacraments

January 16    The Holy Eucharist

January 23     Sacraments of Healing

January 30      Sacrament of Holy Orders

February 6      Sacrament of Matrimony

February 13    Lent and Divine Election

February 20    Rite of Election with Sponsors at Basilica San Juan                                         Capistrano – Bishop presiding

February 27    The Creed

March 6          Commandments and Beatitudes

March 10 (Saturday)  RETREAT WITH SPONSORS -KNIGHT HALL                                                                                (MANDATORY)

March 13         Our Father Prayer

March 19         Penance Service (for Baptized Only)

March 20        Seder/Presentation of the Our Father @ 5:30 Mass

March 27         The Triduum

HOLY WEEK:

March 29   Holy Thursday: 8:15 a.m. Morning Prayer; 7:30 p .m. Mass

March 30    Good Friday: 8:15 a.m. Morning Prayer; 12:00 noon – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion; 7:30 p.m. Lamentations

March 31   HOLY SATURDAY 8:15 a.m. Morning prayer and Preparation Rites followed by rehearsal for the Easter Vigil; (MANDATORY)

7:00 p.m. – Return to Knight Hall with Sponsors (MANDATORY)

8:00 p .m.  – Easter Vigil Begins!         

April 3 – Reflections on the Easter Vigil in Knight Hall

April 10 – Social Teachings of the Church

April 17 – Spirituality for the Long Haul

April 24 – Christian Witness/Stewardship

May 1 – Called and Gifted

May 8 – FINAL GATHERING – BBQ AND FAREWELLS; begins with mass at 5:30

 

 

Another Epiphany

On Epiphany, we attended a wedding. This wedding had a deep, penetrating feel to it.  Most weddings do. But this one was different. This one had lemonade and sweet tea. It had tattoos and vaporizers. Most of the guests shared a bond of accomplishment and a sorrow for those not present. The bride and groom were proclaiming victory over evil. The best man gave a one wedding at a time toast. The judge left quietly out the back door, his judgment not needed anymore. It seems every life has some pain in it, every life challenges. Down deep were all the same. We all need each other. We all need some support. Our epiphany comes with the morning sunrise. It comes with the touch of a loved one. Every day of our glorious life, through the pain, comes a new start. It’s humbling to know that we’re all a part of something much bigger, much deeper than just breathe in and breathe out. Together we can ease the pain and pave a new day.

by Diego

Resolved to Live the Gospel

It seems like there has been a dearth of genuine Christian witness out in our cities. I’m not talking about street corner Bible thumpers condemning the “unsaved” or even other less bullying evangelization tactics.  I’m looking for the Jesus of the Bible showing up on the streets, in the offices, warehouses, docks, alleys, and byways of my daily life.  My heart seeks the breathing gospel that our beloved St. Francis speaks of; the unspoken one preached by loving action and kindness. As a man on the other side of middle age, I can’t say that I have always been a beacon of God’s grace and mercy.  I have faltered and been enticed by the glitter and shimmer of this world’s empty promises. I pray that God may take the ignoble parts of me, and in his perfect economy, allow me to preach His gospel quietly, with humor, kindness and humble wisdom.

by Andrew

Making A List

I have never been one to make a lot of New Year’s Resolutions. I learned long ago that the fewer you make, the more chance you have of keeping them. I try to choose only two or three and it’s never more than five. This year I’ve added a couple that I found in an article called “8 New Year’s Resolutions for Catholics.” I’d gladly add all eight at once but I know that, coupled to my two or three secular ones, would violate my own numbers rule and could doom me to failure. Instead, I’ve decided to choose one each month and try to achieve that goal in addition to my “regular” resolutions. I am hoping to continue the previous month’s so that by the eighth month I will actually be following all of them! If you’d care to join me, visit http://www.stedwardoutlet.com/8-new-years-resolutions-for-catholics.html and choose all or follow my plan and take on only one at a time.

by JAM

Happy Epiphany!

The Christmas season is officially ending today but my meditation on the Incarnation goes on through the many epiphany moments that grace my life. The word “epiphany” means the sudden manifestation of the divine within the ordinary, a  flash of insight, a sudden, certain encounter with the felt presence of God. The strange story of the Magi abounds in symbolism. Epiphany doesn’t happen without an impossible quest. I must choose to follow the light streaming through the darkness, even if it makes no sense to anyone else. If I stay the course,  I will find what I seek in the most unlikely places. Patience will be required because sometimes the epiphany happens later when situations that I could never have orchestrated on my own converge. As we resume writing for the rest of January about resolutions, may one of them include a greater awareness of these epiphany moments that illuminate and fill our lives with starlight.

by DC

Celebrating on the Twelfth Day of Christmas

Today, the sixth of January is known as “Twelfth Night,” the vigil of the Feast of the Epiphany. In many homes throughout the world, including mine,  a lavish, twenty-four-hour celebration begins. People don crowns, exchange gifts, and have big parties with special food.  Traditionally,  a “king’s cake,” baked with coins or a small baby doll hidden inside, is ceremoniously shared. Blessing prayers are offered over gold, frankincense, and myrrh to honor the first gifts given to the Christ Child. The initials of the three kings and the date are chalked over doorways to bless all who will enter the home throughout the year. I am celebrating in a big way this year by hosting a dinner party for two close friends who have come to visit from out of state just for the occasion. We will sing, eat Middle Eastern food, talk about revelations on starry nights, and bask in wondrous gratitude for the many gifts that continue to pour into our lives.

by DC

Listening on the Eleventh Day of Christmas

Time spent in meditation these past ten days has been like one long, wonderful listening session.  I have particularly enjoyed hearing bird calls and squirrel chatterings, the sound of the wind through the trees. Slowing down has also allowed me time to pray, to pay attention to my own thoughts, and heightened my awareness of how conflicted I feel about the lure of technology. While I am endlessly fascinated with my electronic devices, I am simultaneously disgusted with how much I allow them to control me. I know I am not alone. More people go to spiritual direction today because it is an hour with someone who will listen in rapt attention, without distractions, the way we picture Jesus listening to a child. Perhaps we can start a new trend and bring back active listening in 2018, intentionally putting people first and using technology as a tool for teaching and promoting compassion.

by DC

Editing on the Tenth Day of Christmas

“Edit” has been my focus word for several years now. While I am a good editor of writing, the word took on a different definition when applied to my personal life. The idea was to edit out what superfluous actions, thoughts, and activities I was holding onto, keeping only the essential. From the get-go, this has not been easy. First, I have a really hard time saying “no” to any new challenge. As soon as I edit out one activity, another takes its place. Second, the time it takes to edit is daunting when one is consumed with busyness, like I am. So, today, on the Tenth Day of Christmas, I am deliberately being quiet and taking a red pen to my to-do list, even the spiritual commitments that I have previously prioritized. A wise friend told me to be realistic, eliminate one activity a month, replacing it only with stillness. Twelve months, twelve edits. I am taking a deep breath, lighting a candle, and praying that I will keep the promises made on this beautiful new day.

by DC