Adult Intiation

How does a person become a Catholic? There are several ways. The Catholic Church warmly welcomes new members and tries to provide appropriate spiritual formation according to each person's needs. The Church offers adults a process of formation in the Catholic Christian faith and way of life called Christian initiation, or catechumenate. Christian initiation is a gradual process. After the interested person contacts the Catholic church, he or she may be invited to meet with other people who are exploring the possibility of becoming Catholic. These people have the opportunity to ask questions about the church and to hear about the message of Jesus Christ and how it is lived out in the Catholic church.

If the person decides to pursue the process of becoming Catholic, he or she enters the catechumenate (unbaptized persons in the catechumenate are called catechumens). The catechumenate provides a structure for the proclamation of the gospel, catechesis (the passing on of the teachings of the church), public and private prayer, spiritual direction, the observance of the feasts, fasts, Sundays, and seasons of the parish community, and participation in the work of the church for justice and peace. During this time each catechumen is paired with a sponsor who can serve as a spiritual companion and offer support and encouragement.

Through the various rites of the catechumenate, the church marks a person's journey to full membership. These rites reflect his or her spiritual growth and the community's loving concern. The climax of the catechumenate process is the celebration of the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and eucharist, usually at the Easter Vigil, followed by a period of reflection on the sacraments and for integration into the life and mission of the church. From the time an unbaptized person becomes a catechumen until that person celebrates the sacraments of initiation usually takes about one year. This allows the catechumen to experience one full cycle of the church's rhythm of feasts and seasons.

Baptized adults who have never been formed in the Christian life also participate in the catechumenate process. As they prepare for acceptance into the Catholic Church, they are known as candidates rather than catechumens. Even though the process is the same, the Catholic Church takes care to respect the fact that these people truly are baptized.

Anyone who is thinking of becoming a Catholic Christian or who would like more information can contact the parish. Meeting with the pastor or another member of the parish's pastoral staff is ordinarily the first step in the journey toward becoming a Catholic. 

Eucharistic Liturgies

Sundays 9:00 a.m.

Ongoing Events

Morning Bible Study begins September 6th. This group meets each Wednesday morning at 9:30. Newcomers are welcome. 

The Seniors' Friendship Club meets each Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Welcoming Area. This is an opportunity to come out and join in an afternoon of fellowship, cards, etc, food, and fun. Everyone is welcome. The club's first meeting will be September 13th.