Sunday School, Second Sunday in Lent, Cycle C
Mar20

Sunday School, Second Sunday in Lent, Cycle C

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Second Sunday in Lent, March 24, 2019, Cycle C
Mar20

Second Sunday in Lent, March 24, 2019, Cycle C

Please reach out to friends who may have an interest in the Catholic faith, Lent is a great time to share the Faith and to evangelize. RCIA What are the steps of RCIA? Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Pre-catechumenate which we also call the period of Inquiry. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church. After a conversation with a priest, or RCIA director, the person, known as an “inquirer,” may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen. The Period of the Catechumenate can last for as long as several years or for a shorter time. It depends on how the person is growing in faith, what questions they encounter along the way, and how God leads them on this journey. During this time, the Catechumens consider what God is saying to them in the Scriptures, what changes in their life they need to make to respond to God’s inspiration, and what Baptism in the Catholic Church means. When a Catechumen and the priest and the parish team working with him or her believes the person is ready to make a faith commitment to Jesus in the Catholic Church, the next step is the request for baptism and the celebration of the Rite of Election. Even before the Catechumens are baptized, they have a special relationship to the Church. The Rite of Election includes the enrollment of names of all the Catechumens seeking baptism at the coming Easter Vigil. Typically, on the first Sunday of Lent, the Catechumens, their sponsors and families gather at the cathedral church. The Catechumens publicly express their desire for baptism to the diocesan bishop. Their names are recorded in a book and they are called the Elect. The days of Lent are the final Period of Purification and Enlightenment leading up to the Easter Vigil. Lent is a period of preparation marked by prayer, study, and spiritual direction for the Elect, and prayers for them by the parish communities. The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation takes place during the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday when the Elect receives the sacraments of...

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Sunday School, Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle C
Mar13

Sunday School, Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle C

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Second Sunday of Lent, March 17, 2019
Mar13

Second Sunday of Lent, March 17, 2019

ANOINTING OF THE SICK We will be having a communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at the Family Center at 11 am on Saturday March 23rd for all the elderly sick, chronically sick, and all those whose illness is beginning to place them in even remote danger. This time of Lent will also be a good time to call the parish to arrange for a priest to visit the homebound who would like to have the opportunity for Confession and Anointing of the Sick. The Sacrament of the Anointing of Sick was established by Christ. The Gospel of Mark, referring to the apostles, relates that Jesus sent them out “…and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.” -Mk 6:12-13.  In the Epistle of James, one of those apostles, we hear a more explicit description of the Sacrament.  “Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up.  If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.”  -James 5:14 Recently Pope Francis gave a Catechesis on this Sacrament. “In our catechesis on the sacraments, we now turn to the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which expresses God’s merciful presence to the sick, the suffering and the aged. The parable of the Good Samaritan reflects our Lord’s tender concern for those who suffer; like the Samaritan, and following Christ’s example and teaching, the Church brings God’s healing presence to the suffering through the sacramental sign of anointing with oil. As we learn from the Letter of James (5:14-15), the early Church continued his ministry to the sick through prayer and anointing by her presbyters. Through the celebration of the Anointing of the Sick, the Church accompanies us in facing the profound mystery of suffering and death. In a culture which all too often refuses to speak of these realities, we need all the more to recognize the beauty of this Sacrament and to appreciate, in spiritual solidarity with the whole Church, the presence of the Lord Jesus, who strengthens us in faith and hope, and reminds us that nothing – not even evil and death – can ever separate us from the saving power of his love.”...

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Sunday School, First Sunday of Lent, Cycle C
Mar05

Sunday School, First Sunday of Lent, Cycle C

Sunday School To View or Print the Sunday School page, click the link below: Sunday School, First Sunday of Lent, Cycle C 2019...

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