Last weekend and this weekend, St. Raphael kicks off another round of RICA (Spanish) and RCIA (English). The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a prayerful, communal formation process to prepare adults for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. It came about as a part of the Second Vatican Council’s two-fold approach of ressourcement and aggiornamento, tapping into the deep roots and history of our faith and then finding ways to present it for today. The RCIA process was formed by looking to what the early Christians did to prepare and welcome new adult members, and then formatting it for use in parishes in the modern world.
It’s true to say of this program, “¡Que RICA!” – how richly it delves into the treasures of the Catholic faith. As we pray for our brothers and sisters who are beginning as candidates in the RCIA program, we too can be inspired by their example to continue forming ourselves more deeply in the faith. Check out all that Lifelong Faith Formation and Hispanic Ministry are offering to help us do this!
God bless, Father Phil Hurley, SJ Pastor