FAITH FORMATION is catechesis (teaching the faith), which aims to deepen our understanding of our faith – How to practically and authentically live as a Catholic.
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Those of us who are parents strive to teach our children to love God and trust Him to be our guiding light. As we live our faith and share its lessons through our actions, we lead our children onto their own dynamic faith journey:
- Begun at Baptism and strengthened through the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation; we lay the foundation of their Christian life:
- By joining a parish family, we reflect our faith by listening to the liturgy together, praying daily, and practicing the Sacraments of Healing:
- Through our service to others, in words and works, we fulfill our mission of the faithful through our life’s vocational fulfillment to the Church and each other:
FAITH FORMATION – FOR NON-CATHOLIC ADULTS – the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA).
RCIA – What is it?
Jesus considered the universal Church He founded on His Twelve Apostles to be his “bride”. Jesus was the “bridegroom”. Wedding imagery is found everywhere throughout the Catholic Church. For example, every time Mass is celebrated, Jesus consummates his love for each member of his bride, the Church, by giving them His resurrected body, blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist.
Another example of wedding imagery in the Church can be seen in the case of people who consider joining the Church.
Such individuals will participate in what is called the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA).
During the RCIA they will be brought along liturgically (i.e. through celebrations of the Mass) and catechetically (by means of formal instruction) eventually coming into “full communion” with the Catholic Church. At that time, they will receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Holy Eucharist, fully becoming Catholic Christians at Easter. This is celebrated with great joy at the Easter Vigil Mass –the highlight of the Church’s liturgical year.
The RCIA process involves a conversion of heart and proceeds through stages of increasing commitment. An analogy can be seen in the courtship process between a man and woman:
A man and woman decide to go on a “First Date”. This is analogous to the RCIA Inquiry period.
– If things work out…the two may choose to “Go Steady”. This can be compared to the RCIA Catechumenate period
– If things work out further…the couple “Get Engaged”. This stage is analogous to the period of Purification & Enlightenment.
– If things work out beyond that…The couple “Get Married”. This can be compared to the Easter Vigil.
After the wedding, the newlyweds “go on a honeymoon. That can be compared to the period called Mystagogy.
The process of ‘joining’ the Catholic Church takes some time. It requires a period of discovery and inner conversion before a person makes a final decision to proceed into full communion with the Church. This process of incremental commitment leading to full communion has been a hallmark of the Catholic Church since the beginning.
FAITH FORMATION – FOR CATHOLIC ADULTS – Continuing Adult Education
Teaching the Catholic Faith must begin in the home.
When Catholic parents fail to pass on the Faith to their children, it can be lost in one generation. This is already visible in our surrounding culture.
But how many people who truly understood their Catholic Faith would ever choose to leave it?
The primary objective of the Adult Faith Formation program at St. Peter is ongoing catechesis and conversion — to expand, deepen and share personal knowledge and love of Jesus Christ and the Church he founded.
We do this by offering life-changing educational programs by world-class Catholic catechists and evangelists.
Each session is intended to encourage a personal Faith journey from belief about Jesus to belief in Jesus — the realization that trust in Jesus is the vessel by which we receive His Grace.
Based on one’s spiritual motivation and courage, an active life of Christian virtue and participation in the greater Christian Community can evolve and flourish.