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Are you searching for a spiritual home?
Do you feel drawn to the Roman Catholic community?
Our 2013 Inquiry Series will resume
on Thursday, September 12, from 7-9 p.m.
and continue weekly.
Newcomers are welcome.
These sessions are ideal for learning about Catholicism
in a relaxed, no-pressure environment.
They also provide a great opportunity for baptized Catholics
who wish to complete their sacraments by preparing for
Eucharist and Confirmation.
For more information and meeting location,
contact RCIA Coordinator
algarrotto (at) comcast.net
call the parish office
Since 2004, CTK Parish has welcomed over 190 new Catholics,
through our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process.
Where do CTK’s Inquirers and New Converts Come From?
(1) Most are positively influenced by a Catholic spouse,
fiancé/fiancée, or friend,
who exhibits genuine faith, a commitment to regular worship,
and who finds hope
and joy in being and living as a Catholic.
“My family is Catholic and now God is calling me.” *
“I am ready to make the commitment to the Church
and to a life of service.” *
2) Many arrive at our doorstep after a long
and circuitous journey
that included a positive childhood or teenage
experience of Catholicism.
“I came here because this is where God wants me to be.
I stayed because of the community of faith, love,
and friendship I found here.” *
3) Others were baptized Catholic,
but received little or no encouragement
to grow in their faith. That dormant seed is now sprouting
and reaching for the sunlight.
“My journey through RCIA has been one of those
rare full-circle moments in my lifetime.” *
* Quotes are from recent new Catholics
Is the sex abuse scandal
in the Catholic Church keeping you
from exploring Catholicism as a possible
spiritual home for you and your family?
E-mail me algarrotto (at) comcast.net
and I will send you our document,
"Finding Faith and Hope Amid Scandal in the Catholic Church."
Indicate your preference for a Power Point or Adobe .PDF file.
On March 30, 2013, at the Easter Vigil Service
(the night before Easter Sunday), 12 adults
completed their preparation and formalized their commitment
to Jesus Christ as Roman Catholics.
We warmly welcome our new brothers and sisters
to our local community of Christ the King Parish
and to the Roman Catholic Church worldwide.
Rite of Election 2013
Christ the Light Cathedral, Oakland, CA
is a ministry with the special mission of introducing Inquirers
to our Roman Catholic faith and to our local worshipping community.
In solidarity with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council
and with the universal Church,
our local bishop, and parish Mission Statement,
we accept the summons to serve those wishing
to explore our beliefs, values, and way of life.
Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic way of life,
but are unable to find a local parish that offers
welcome and instruction?
Here are possible alternatives:
For those unable to connect with a local parish RCIA program,
our community offers a "distance learning"-type instruction series.
We send lessons one at a time as attachments to e-mails
in either PowerPoint and Adobe .pdf formats.
Inquirers study a lesson and send us feedback and any questions.
When we are satisfied that the learner understands the lesson, we send the next one.
We repeat this for as long as it takes.
Above, an out-of-area RCIA inquirer attends
the evening sessions at CTK via Skype.
“You are of the household of God.
You are the house whose foundations are the apostles and prophets,
and whose cornerstone is Christ Jesus.
In Him the whole structure is joined together.”
The Rite of Christian Initiation
For many years, becoming a Catholic was a private matter.
A potential Catholic met with the local priest
at the parish office for instruction,
and then was baptized privately.
Because the Church had no standardized process
for initiating new members, the content taught to an individual,
the length of the instruction, etc. varied
from diocese to diocese, from parish to parish.
Thanks, in particular, to the work of two religious educators,
Dr. Christiane Brusselmans and Fr. Jim Dunning,
parishes have used the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
since 1972. In that year, Pope Paul VI endorsed RCIA
as the model to replace the old process.
Source: Little Black Book 2010, Diocese of Saginaw, MI
(based on concept and text by Bishop Kenneth Untener)
Last updated: March 10, 2013