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2 Corinthians 5:17…

Today, let’s reflect on those who are about to enter the Church and pursue faith in a whole new way:

So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.  -2 Corinthians 5:17, NAB

In parishes across the country, and across the world, many are just beginning their journey toward the Catholic faith.  As RCIA begins, let me welcome those starting the process and an incredible journey.

RCIA is what this site is all about.  Its primary focus is to provide the knowledge and information for those taking their first steps on the Catholic journey.  Taking what I learned from my own RCIA experience, I hope that this site can be a resource to others.

Why is RCIA so important?

One of our primary goals as Catholics is to share our faith with the world around us.  Once we’ve drawn someone into the faith, the next step is to help them form and develop that faith.  Our goal is to strengthen their faith for the journey ahead.  That’s where RCIA comes in.

RCIA should teach catechumen and candidates about the doctrines of the Church.  It should teach them about prayer, studying Scripture, and the tools necessary to grow even more.  It needs to focus on the sacraments and show them why they are the cornerstone of their faith.

RCIA is key to the formation of new Catholics.  A successful RCIA program will draw someone into the Church – and ensure they stay for awhile.  What could be more important than that?

Let’s welcome those who are just beginning RCIA.  They are not just new members of the Church; they are new creations in Christ.  As RCIA begins, an exciting journey awaits.

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