“I was raised Catholic. . . . It’s the best way for me to
exercise my belief in Jesus. . . . My
spouse is Catholic. . . . I need the Eucharist. . . . My Catholic faith gives
my life meaning, purpose, and direction. . . .”
RCIA or the Rite
of Christian Initiation of Adults is the journey in faith process by which adults are
welcomed into the Catholic Church. This
includes unbaptized adults, adults baptized in another Christian denomination,
and those baptized in the Catholic Church who have not celebrated Confirmation
or First Eucharist. Inquirers meet weekly for formation and instruction
in the Catholic tradition and participate in various liturgical rites along the
journey. Participants receive instruction, guidance, and support for what
it means to live as a Catholic. Throughout
the process, inquirers discern their readiness for the Sacraments of
Initiation—Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist—in order to make a prayerful and
informed decision about becoming a fully-initiated member of the Catholic Church
at the Easter Vigil.
The new season of RCIA starts in late September
each year. Wednesday evening sessions
begin September 27, 2017. Those interested in becoming
fully-initiated Catholics meet individually with the Coordinator beforehand to
determine their needs and desire to enter into this journey In faith
For anyone who has ever thought about becoming Catholic (or
becoming more Catholic), this is your
invitation to explore the possibility and affirm your own
response to “Why be Catholic? For more
information about RCIA, please contact Johanna at 763-784-1329 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPEN THE WORD
Intended as part of the formation
process for those enrolled in RCIA, these Sunday morning sessions are also open
to parishioners who would like to get a more in-depth understanding of the
Sunday readings. Anyone committed to
regular attendance is invited to participate in these sessions held on Sundays
between morning Masses (9:35 am to 10:20 am), starting in November and
continuing to Palm Sunday. The group is
led by RCIA team members using At Home
with the Word and other resources.
This is a good way to increase your Bible knowledge and boost your
faith, while also supporting and
inspiring those people on their journey in faith to becoming Catholic. Participants should contact Johanna in
September to order the At Home with the
Word book containing background information on the Sunday readings for the
next entire liturgical cycle.
Small Faith-Sharing Groups
Small groups gather periodically for a
various number of weeks to reflect on a particular topic, using a booklet
and/or video series. Groups meet at the parish center or in homes on a day and
time determined by the group members. New participants are welcome to join an
existing group or form a new group.
groups are active during the Lenten season as a way of observing Lent and
bolstering their spiritual life. Most
recent resources for Lenten small groups include: Bridges to Contemplative Living
with Thomas Merton: Lent and Holy Week; Living Like Francis Today; Sunday readings, commentaries, and reflection
questions from This Transforming Word
(Cycle B; and Fast,
Pray, Give – Making the Most of Lent.
Lenten groups extend beyond Lent to meet during other times of the year as
well. Small groups that meet outside of
Lent can be a Lenten group that decided to continue meeting or a newly-formed
group to focus on a specific topic or book.
Topics have included: caring for
the earth, Good News People, mercy,
Sunday Scripture readings, Bible study of various books from either the New or
Old Testaments, and concerns for young Catholic moms.
in a small group offers an opportunity for sharing reflections, experiences,
and questions, while building faith-knowledge and providing a source of
inspiration and affirmation of one’s own faith life and how God works in and
through each one of us. Belonging to a
small group helps participants to clarify and strengthen their faith and the
way in which it is lived. Additionally,
small faith-sharing groups are a good way to experience church on a smaller,
more personal scale by getting acquainted with other parishioners—and possibly
making new friends!
of a healthy spirituality
A Traits of a Healthy
Spirituality small group will meet this fall. Brief chapters--each with practical
suggestions, inspirational quotes, reflection questions, and a prayer--make
this book by Melannie Svoboda, SND, a good resource for small groups and
individuals alike. If you are
interested in being in a group, forming a group with your friend(s), or simply
reading this book on your own, please call the parish office at 763-84-1329 in September to order a book. And before starting the book, make your own
list of qualities you deem important in nurturing a healthy spirituality!
a prayer for all of us disciples:
Click here for other resources online
If you have an idea for adult enrichment at St. Timothy's and would like to explore the possibility with a staff member, click here.