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On this first weekend of Advent – a new Liturgical Year – we hear stories again of the end time when the Son of Man will come. The real question is how prepared are we? Are we awake?
When Jesus speaks about Noah and the people of his day, Jesus is not indicating that they were sinful. He is merely saying they were involved in everyday activities. They were consumed with these ordinary things and had no time nor space for deeper thinking.
We find ourselves, especially at this time, heavily consumed with holiday activities. Card writing, baking, parties, gift buying and more seem to be our preoccupation. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with these as long as they don’t over power us. Have we forgotten the purpose of this season?
Perhaps like the people of Noah’s time, we are obsessed with the pressures of everyday expectations – especially during the holidays.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA):
A Call to “Come and See”
Questions about the Catholic Church or the ways Catholics express their faith are usually the starting points of the faith exploration process called RCIA. Just as doubt is often God’s invitation to move more deeply into faith, questions are often God’s call to “come and see” what life as a disciple of Jesus in the Catholic community looks like.It's not too late! Know someone who wants to consider the RCIA? Need more information for yourself, a relative or a friend? Want to sign-up yourself for RCIA? Contact Fr. Gene at 847-223-4731 or e u g e n e n o w a k @ h o t m a i l . c o m
All members of the parish are invited to pray for those who are considering becoming Catholic and for those who are reaching out to invite people. Also, keep in prayer the RCIA team members, catechists and reflectors who will be serving in this ministry throughout the year.
"Let the Children Come to Me" (Mark 10:14)
Rejoice in God:
Do you have a child in 3rd grade or above who has not been baptized, or who has not received Reconciliation or Eucharist, or who has been baptized in another faith tradition? As parent or legal guardian, do you want them to grow in the Catholic faith? Then “let the children come to me”!
Our parish’s “Rejoice in God” process is designed for these children and their parents or legal guardians to journey with them to the celebration of Reconciliation and Eucharist. For more information and/or to register for this program, contact Sr. Donna at the Religious Education office: 847-223-3071.