“Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults & Children”
“For a Generation of Seekers”
Religious seekers In the United States live within a culture that in some important ways provides support for belief in God while at the same time also discourages and corrodes the faith in practice. The present day generation of seekers also finds the age of secularism to be an unsatisfactory approach and continue to search for a deeper meaning in life.
Particularly encouraging is that a number of young people, who had once drifted away from faith, today are seeking a connection with a church community. Among the many causes of this hunger for God, two stand out: the experience of having children who need a proper education and upbringing, and developing an experience of one’s own longing for direction, meaning, and hope.
Catholicism in the United States continues to attract thousands of new members each year as the Holy Spirit works through the Church to awaken a thirst for the Lord. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Children is the pastoral process for initiating new members and welcoming back past members. The church is leading them to knowledge of the truths of faith, to the celebration of the Seven Sacraments, to commitment to moral life—including the forming of a social conscience—and to the practice of prayer, and at the same time, the Church responds to their desire of community.
The church does more than welcome new members; it forms disciples. Seekers can begin to find the Church fulfillment of their heart’s desire. They are invited to undertake a spiritual journey that is focused on Jesus Christ and his Kingdom of salvation, love, justice, and mercy.
This is the Church’s invitation to seekers who want to discover a satisfying answer to their spiritual hunger. Her invitation is rich: to seekers, old and new who might label themselves as alienated.
What are you looking for in life? What are your goals and ideals? How do God and the Church play a part in what you are seeking in your life? Most important, is your life at present a journey toward God?
The R.I.C.A. team at “Our Lady of the Sacred Heart” is in place to answer questions you might have about the R.C.I.A. process.
Director of the R.C.I.A process. Parish office 315-782-1474