Written by: Ally Luongo, RCIA Coordinator
Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Would you like to be confirmed if you are already Catholic? If so, then RCIA is the right group for you! The Right of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, is the method adults prepare to be fully initiated in the Catholic Church. Each week, a group of students meets on campus to discuss different teachings of the Catholic Church. These weekly meetings serve as instruction prior to receiving the sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church. The three sacraments of initiation are Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation. At PC, a special RCIA mass in which candidates receive these sacraments is held the Sunday after Easter. The Bishop will visit campus and celebrate this special mass.
In addition to the weekly meetings, the RCIA group participates in a retreat each semester. This past fall semester, about 20 RCIA students, and a few volunteers from other Campus Ministry groups, volunteered at the Dream Refugee Center in Providence. At the Dream Center, the volunteers prepared and served Thanksgiving Dinner to refugees from around the world. In addition, they had the opportunity to talk to the refugees and hear their stories. It was amazing to see PC students connecting with people from all over the world, while sharing in one of their first Thanksgiving celebrations. After serving, the RCIA group met on campus and discussed the parallel between Jesus’ suffering and a Refugee’s suffering. One main note in the discussion explored the idea that it is only through suffering that a Refugee has the opportunity to be saved, just as it is only through Jesus’ suffering that we all have the opportunity to be saved.
RCIA is a wonderful way to deepen your Catholic faith and have meaningful conversations about teachings of the Catholic Church. If you are seeking to enter the Catholic Church, know that everyone is welcome! In order to be fully initiated you may have to make up the classes that you missed, but do not worry at all. This can easily be done and everyone is encouraged to take this opportunity!
If you are intested in getting confirmed (there’s still time!) contact Ally Luongo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Today 3 Providence College alumni made their simple vows as Dominican Friars. After a year of novitiate in Cincinnati, Br. James Mary Ritch, OP, ’08, Br. Stephen Mary Ruhl, OP, ’15, and Br. Damian Marie Day, OP, ’15, and their 5 classmates made simple vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. The brothers will now go to study philosophy and theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC.
August 15 has traditionally been the day that the Dominicans make simple vows since it was on this day in 1217 that St. Dominic sent out the first group of Dominican friars to travel all throughout Europe to preach for the salvation of souls. It was thought that St. Dominic was foolish in sending out the relatively small group of friars. Yet a supernatural wisdom guided his actions, and through divine providence the Dominican Order grew rapidly. In a similar manner, at the end of the novitiate year, which consists largely of intense discernment and prayer, Dominican friars today make their vows on August 15 and are sent on for a period of study and pastoral formation. God-willing the brothers persevere, this period of formation leads up to solemn vows in 4 years and, for those on the track for the priesthood, another 1 or 2 years more before priestly ordination.
A number of PC alum and a current PC student attended the Mass of Simple Profession at St. Gertrude’s to support and pray for their friends.
Please keep Brothers James, Stephen, and Damian in your prayers.
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Last semester members of Campus Ministry and the RCIA class shared dinner with some new friends at the Refugee Dream Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The Dream Center is a post resettlement refugee agency, as well as a strong advocacy for refugee rights. This documentary, made by Erica Beatey (class of 2019), shares the stories and smiles of some of the people who we had the opportunity to share Thanksgiving dinner with.
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)
If you are interested in joining RCIA (it’s not too late to get confirmed) email Ally Luongo at email@example.com.
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By guest blogger Courtney Gareau ’17
I have a love hate relationship with Lent. I think that is great way to work on temperance and my relationship with God, but it is also difficult because nobody really enjoys giving things up for Lent. You at least have to enjoy whatever it is that you are giving up, hence the difficulty of giving up something for Lent. I once had to explain this to one of my first grade CCD students in a conversation that went like this:
Me: “So, have any of you decided what you are giving up for Lent?”
Boy [raises hand]: “Yes! I am giving up chocolate cake!”
Me: “Ok great! Do you really like chocolate cake?”
Boy: “Oh no! I hate chocolate cake! I only eat vanilla!”
Me: “Oh that’s not quite how Lent is supposed to work.”
I then went on to explain how you are supposed to give up something that you actually like and enjoy, which is far from what my student had been planning on doing.
We all associate Lent with something that we have to give up, and then the joy of getting to go back to eating that chocolate or scrolling on Facebook once Easter comes. This year, I am challenging myself to grow in other ways during Lent. I know that just giving up a food will mean that I start eating it again after Lent. While that forces discipline, I know that it won’t have long lasting effects for me. Instead, I am working on eating healthy to work on overall health. Additionally, as a way to bridge health and the discipline of sacrificing, I am giving up the thing that we all know to well – scrolling through all of our social media accounts to see what we have missed in the past hour. My Lenten goal to work on this is that I am not allowed to go on social media when I am laying in bed because by giving this up, I am cutting back on my screen time as well as giving myself those few extra minutes for an earlier bedtime as well as nightly prayer. This leads me to the last part of what I am working on for Lent – my prayer life. This cannot be boiled down to one specific thing because I am working on this in a few different areas including Mass, Adoration, and reflection. These are all things that happen in my life already, but this Lent, I am working on increasing the frequency in a hope to deepen my prayer life and relationship with God.
This year, I am really working on having my Lenten goals be things that can continue after Easter and not just end after the 40 days. When giving things up for Lent as a kid, my dad used to always tell me, “You can do anything for 40 days.” This is very true because even difficult sacrifices can be made for 40 days. My goal this year though is to challenge myself to make my goals ones that last much longer than the 40 days. I think that this is something that we can all work on because Lent should be a time to reflect on ourselves and our own lives and make the changes that are necessary to prepare ourselves for Christ’s death as well as the redemption that comes with His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Jesus was in the desert for 40 days, but the Israelites were in the desert for 40 years. Can we challenge ourselves to make our Lent something that affects us for not just 40 days but for 40 years?
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By guest blogger Tom Barnett ’16
Every day this Lent I spend 15 minutes in silence in the chapel. In prior Lents I have given things up, but there’s never been a Lent where I’m short of breath. Listening to God is often forgotten, mostly discounted, and exceedingly difficult. But no relationship is of one person. This lent I want to listen more than speak. So every day I sit in silence in the chapel: no writing no reading; just focused, uninterrupted silence.
Some days my prayers flow like water from the rock at Sinai. One thank you leads to another. Each intercessory prayer follows the preceding. Every question begs the next. On days like these I do all the talking. I have to remind myself to see how my thoughts are moved and change course as the conversation demands. If I go in presuming I know everything then I am not having a relationship with God. I am talking at im.
Other days my prayers are dry like the desert. t is an effort to say thank you. It is laborious to pray for others. It is hardest to ask the questions answers . So I sit. And I sit. And I resist the temptations to look around and check the time. And finally I ask God, who are you? What do you need from me? Where do I find it? When do I need it? Why are you so patient? How can I be of any service to you
All days I try to invoke my body in prayer. Before coming to PC I never gave a thought to my body stance in prayer. Now I integrate it. I find the harder my will is the more important it is for me to outstretch my hands. When my pride keeps me tall I lie prostrate on the ground, face down. When I need teaching, I sit on the floor like I imagine the crowd of 5,000 would have when Jesus was preaching. When I am ready for God’s guidance, I continually genuflect, one after the other. St. Dominic did this. His nine ways of prayer have changed my life.
In the silence God speaks to me. It is not a booming voice like in St. John’s Gospel in Exodus. God speaks to me by guiding my thoughts. Lord, show me where to go. Sometimes I will ask Him what to do in a certain situation. Lord, what should I do here? Then, I will contemplate the feelings I develop thereafter to discern what is best to do. I am human, and prone to error, but I will either always err without God or sometimes err interpreting His Providence. The latter option seems both more reasonable and more rewarding.
Tonight I will say many things. But for 15 minutes I will say nothing. And pray that God will fill my head.
By guest blogger Tom Barnett ’16 Every day this Lent I spend 15 minutes in silence in the chapel. In... MORE