RCIA Mystagogia Nights

The neophytes and team have been pondering the deeper mysteries of faith ever since Easter. This phase of RCIA is called “Mystagogia.” We have explored spirituality, social teachings and stewardship as ways to witness love in the world. Our final class session tonight (May 16)  focuses on “Called and Gifted,” a discernment of where the journey is leading in the future. Be sure to listen to the podcasts of these and all of the other wonderful sessions we have posted this year. Here is the link: http://tuesday-nights-at-rcia.madewithopinion.com/our-witness-to-love-in-the-world/#

Blessings of grace and peace always. . . Donna

Our Witness to Love in the World

In essence, Christian witness is really the life-long call toward intentional discipleship. That means figuring out a plan to live differently, counter-culturally,  each and every day henceforth. Tonight, we explored how this can happen by looking at the three journeys that each of us is called to: the personal journey, the ecclesial (church) journey, and journey into active community. We talked about the pouring out of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that were given at Confirmation. The challenge of remaining a steadfast disciple, an intentional disciple, is ahead of us all as RCIA comes to a close. May each one of us keep the fire burning within!

Listen to the Podcast: :http://tuesday-nights-at-rcia.madewithopinion.com/our-witness-to-love-in-the-world/#

Spirituality for the Long Haul

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Spirituality – What is it? Spirituality is a word often misused and misunderstood.  Frequently confused with being pious, religious, or even other-worldly, spirituality is really about the constant desire or  fire within us that is always restless and reaching for something beyond ourselves. Everyone is spiritual but not always in ways that enhance our lives or bring us peace and happiness.  Spirituality is what we choose to do with the fire within – directing it toward transformation or toward destruction. In this important discussion, we talked about the journey ahead and what we can do to keep the fire burning for the rest of our lives not just for our own good but for the transfiguration of the whole world.

Listen to the Podcast: http://tuesday-nights-at-rcia.madewithopinion.com/spirituality-for-the-long-haul/#

Donna’s Power Point: Spirituality for the Long Haul

Easter Vigil – April 15, 2017

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The Easter Vigil, the highlight of the Church year, was full of wonder and joy. Re-live the experience by watching the archived broadcast on our YouTube Channel. Here is the link:


RCIA Session: The Nicene Creed – March 21, 2017

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The Creed is our most sacred statement of beliefs but it is also a prayer that we say together at mass in order to live out what we profess to believe. This session, we  to discussed the essential beliefs that date back to the first three hundred years of the Church. In the early days of the Church, the Elect were formally presented a copy of the Creed right before their initiation, as a sign that they were about to embrace a new way of life. In RCIA, this tradition continues next Tuesday night at 5;30 p.m. masss. When we meet for the final Preparation Rites on Holy Saturday morning, they will be asked to recite it “for the first time.” What a beautiful way to witness to all of us about the power of new faith!

Recording on Seeking Faith Podcast:http://tuesday-nights-at-rcia.madewithopinion.com/the-nicene-creed-rcia-class/#

RCIA Session: Prayer – March 7, 2017

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We spent the entire evening talking about prayer, something that all people claim to do, even those who are not religious. We immersed ourselves in the definitions, purposes, and many ways to pray, considering the overall definition that “Prayer is a cry of the heart.”  Cathy facilitated a great discussion about how the Lord’s Prayer is especially important in the development of a personal relationship with Jesus who prayed to his Father.  The evening concluded with a beautiful prayer service and the ritual of presenting the Elect and Candidates a  framable copy of the Our Father. What a great experience!

Podcast: http://tuesday-nights-at-rcia.madewithopinion.com/

Donna’s Power Point: Prayer

RCIA Session: Lent and Divine Election February 28, 2017

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This session of RCIA took place on Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, and focused on preparing for the Season of Lent. For many of our catechumens and candidates, this is the first time they have ever entered into this forty-day retreat into the desert. Lent is defined, the themes of each Sunday opened up, and then time was spent reflecting on what the plan will be this special year that culminates in initiation at the Great Easter Vigil on April 15. The parish theme for the season is RE;LENT – a time of allowing forgiveness and compassion to flow from the love we have for Christ.


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