Welcome to the Becoming Catholic Blog. A place to check in and see what is happening in the Espiritu Santo Catholic Church RCIA. The Rite of Catholic Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for those who have not been baptized, or who have been baptized Catholic or in another Christian faith but have not completed the Sacraments of Initiation. The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. They are the foundational sacraments of the Catholic faith. We gather together at the Sunday 8:30 am Mass and meet in the John Bosco Center after Mass where we pray and reflect on the Gospel and discuss different faith related topics. If you would like more information please call Karen Heaphy in the Parish Office at 727.726.8477 x310. Karen Heaphy is Pastoral Associate for Lifelong Faith Formation and Pastoral Care.
Last weekend we celebrated the first rite in this year's RCIA. The Rite of Acceptance and Welcoming. It was an awe inspiring celebration as the community welcomed the catechumens. As part of the Rite they are asked what they want and their response is faith. And they are than asked what do they want of faith, and the response is eternal life. Father Len, who officiated, reminded us all that we choose to be Catholic Christians on a daily basis. This echoed in my mind as we were asked as a community if were able to welcome and support the participants on their journey. Our response, "we are". There are a number of ways to support the seekers on their journey. One is to pray for them. Another would be to volunteer to help out with fellowship or to be a sponsor. To welcome them with a smile and hello when you meet them in the entrance to the Church. We usually meet on Sunday after the 8:30 am Mass (check our schedule because there are some changes in the next few weeks), stop by and say hello.
As children of God we all receive different gifts from God (1 Corinthians 12). This was our topic for the week of November 10. Sometimes we don't recognize the gifts that God has blessed us with, we may take them for granted or not see them as special. We may be a good cook or love to organize and build things. People may gravitate to us as we are good listeners or we may find it easy to teach. Because these gifts come easy to us they may not be recognized as gifts. Not all gifts are spiritual gifts but all that we are can be offered to God and shared with His people. Vicki from St. Vincent de Paul visited with the group and shared with them the various ways that people can share their talents and gifts with others. There are opportunities to organize the food pantry, to assist those coming for help, opportunities in the soup kitchen or the thrift store. The RCIA participants were treated to a tour of the St. Vincent de Paul pantry on site and were given much to think about. One of the ways to discover your gifts is to ask friends and family what they see as your special talents or gifts. There are also gift surveys you can take to discover your talents and gifts, or you can call Karen in the parish office for assistance with gift assessment or for information about RCIA.