RCIA – RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
A process to instruct and catechize adults who are interested in becoming Catholics or candidates who have only been baptized and are in need of the other sacraments of initiation. A small team of catechists assists Father in the weekly instructions of the faith. Must be familiar with Scripture and Church teachings.
Time commitment – approximately 1 ½ hrs. weekly from Sept.-April.
Contact: Fr. Baker or Paulette Bolton
Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation, welcoming a person into the Catholic Christian community, as well as into a particular parish family. The Baptismal Program seeks to prepare and promote the parents’ understanding of their life-long commitment to nurture faith in their child. The class meets monthly for about an hour and a half. If there are 2 facilitators, the time commitment is every other month for a class. Training for catechists is provided. Planning to implement and additional element to keep in contact with the newly baptized for 3 years. This can be done from home maintaining records and mailings.
Contact: Paulette Bolton on becoming a leader in the baptismal program
To Schedule a Baptism, Contact: Bobbie Kallal (708) 352-6209
Led by a married couple, classes cover topics to help engaged couples prepare for a happy, healthy and holy marriage. Saturday classes are held 4 times a year, beginning at 9:00am and concluding at 3:00pm. Sharing personal experiences of faith and marriage encourage couples to dialogue with the facilitators and each other. A workbook is provided as well as training by the Archdiocese.
Contact: Paulette Bolton for information on becoming Pre-Cana leader.
CREDO (Continuing Religious Education Opportunities)
CREDO is a laity led, self directed group that spreads the good news of Jesus Christ among adults through educational and pilgrimage opportunities. Faith formation opportunities that are offered include Bible studies, speakers, mini-retreats, workshops, movie nights, blogs, trips to Catholic shrines, and maintaining the parish lending library. Monthly meetings are held. Volunteers are welcome to participate or lead an activity. New people and new ideas are always welcome!