The Lenten Rites – Involving the Community

During the Feb. 21 Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion at the Atlanta Civic Center, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory acknowledges the names in the Book of the Elect with a prayerful kiss of peace.
During the Feb. 21 Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion at the Atlanta Civic Center, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory acknowledges the names in the Book of the Elect with a prayerful kiss of peace.

by Kathy Kuczka

Lent is laden with rites for the Catechumens and Candidates.   But, the rites aren’t only for the benefit of those in the process of initiation.   The Rite of Christian Initiation tells us that rites should be executed so that the “entire community benefits.” Here are some ways to involve the initiating community.

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Archbishop Gregory’s Statement Regarding the Annulment Process

Archbishop Gregory has released a statement regarding Pope Francis’ changes to the annulment process. You can access his statement in the section titled, “Archbishop Gregory Writings.”  Click here to download For more information on the annulment process changes, please see this article on the Georgia Bulletin website: “After study by special Vatican commission, Pope Francis … Read more Archbishop Gregory’s Statement Regarding the Annulment Process

First Encounters a.k.a. The Initial Interview

First Encounters a.k.a The Initial Interview

by Kathy Kelly-Huey

 It often begins with a phone call

 The adage “you only get one first impression” is apt when we consider the initial conversation we have with those who grace us with a phone call asking, “When does RCIA start?”  The way we answer this question influences every subsequent action and interaction we share with the person who posed the question.  I like to answer the question with, “The moment you picked up the phone to call me.”  By beginning with an affirmation of how God has already been at work in the Inquirer’s life and that he/she has already responded to the Holy Spirit assures the Inquirer that he/she has arrived on time and in time and is right where he/she is supposed to be. If he/she had begun this journey any sooner, he/she might not have been ready for the journey.  Jesus didn’t call all the apostles on the same day either.  For some this is an initial awareness of how God has been active in their life.

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