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 interested in getting confirmed (there’s still time!) contact Ally Luongo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By guest blogger Nicole Vaughan ’17.
One of my best friend’s favorite Bible passages is the Gospel Reading from Ash Wednesday. I think it really epitomizes what we are called to do during the Lenten season.
Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them… when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. … When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. … When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so you do not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.” (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18)
Jesus here compares what we should be doing to the hypocrites who let everyone know when they are giving alms, praying, and fasting. However, we are called not to brag about what we are doing this Lent. This time is about our relationship with the Lord.
I was late to the game about deciding what I would give up. In the past, I have given up a litany of things such as the elevator, French fries, Dunkin, chocolate, and gossiping. I decided this year that I am not giving something up. I usually end up talking about it way more than I am sacrificing. Everyone does not need to know what a righteous person I am for taking the stairs every time to Meagher 4th Floor (Lent 2k15). This does not make me holier than those around me. I think everyone compares what they give up or how much they give to what everyone else is doing. But it is not a time to be doing that.
This year, I am doing things that are more personal, prayerful, and meaningful which I hope will lead me closer to Jesus. I am going to pray the rosary once a week. When I was in high school, I prayed it twice a day during Lent – once in the morning on my commute to school and once before I went to sleep. The rosary has always held a special place in my heart since I was about 14 years old. I pray to have the strength and trust to say yes to Lord like Mary did. Mary says, “I am the handmaid of the Lord, may it be done to me according to your word.” This Lent, I am again asking for the strength and trust to accept God’s plan for me as I struggle with that and my need to control everything. I want to return to what I used to do to cultivate that strong relationship with God that I had when I was in high school.
Similarly, I am going to go to Mass during the week an additional few times. I try to make it a priority so I can spend time in silence in the chapel and with Jesus. In addition, I will set aside one day a week to fast. I fasted in high school as well typically during Lent on Fridays. This year I will again choose a day each week where I will fast. I do not want to remind everyone around me that I am fasting. The actions I am doing are important because I am making a sacrifice for God, but this Lent I am going to try my best not to boast or even talk about these actions. I want this Lent to be a time for my relationship with God to grow.
By guest blogger Nicole Vaughan ’17. One of my best friend’s favorite Bible passages is the Gospel Reading from Ash Wednesday.... MORE