It is my priviledge and responsibility to help an amazing group of 8th-11th graders become fully initiated into the Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation. This is much more than a little becoming it is the ultimate beginning of a wonderful life in Christ!! I'm so excited to be able to share my passion for Christ with them. I pray the 'flame of curiousity' in their soul may grow into a light for all the world to see.Our first night so many awesome, thoughtful questions were asked:
How do we know God exists?How do we know other religions are not True? How do we know the Catholic Church is the one True Church? What the differences between Protestants and Catholics?
Why are we here? Why do we have to take classes before being initiated into the Church? Is Confirmation really necessary?How do we know if we are growing in holiness?
Who are the Saints? How do you become a Saint?What is the Eucharist? How does it happen?
I know many were hoping that these questions could be answered on the first night, but really each of these is an entire graduate level theology class! Over the course of the next 2 years I hope we can really explore these questions and do them justice by more than scratching the surface.These are life-long questions, mysteries to ponder, answers to hold close to our hearts. We are blessed that the Catholic Church offers Scripture and years of Tradition to help us reflect on them.I want to provide links to some very important resources to those in RCIC:
NET Ministries’ links for teens:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church:
The New American Bible:
Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching:
In an endeavor to overcome divisions or misunderstandings the Church dialogues with other denominations and religions:
Jennifer Fulwiler’s Conversion Diary as I mentioned in class.http://thereluctantatheist.blogspot.com/2005/08/all-labors-of-ages.html -- her very first post
ScriptureCatholic is a website that provides Scripture verses that support the teachings of the Catholic Church. There is a nice list of teachings on the left side bar. Under the Q&Q section there are pages with commonly asked questions about Catholic Faith and gives scriptural answers.
Opening Song “What do I know of Holy?” by Addison Roadhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P--Sxx5VjN8&feature=related