"Were not our hearts burning within us
while He spoke to us on the way
and opened the scriptures to us?"
April 03, 2016 Candidates - Profession of Faith, Confirmation and First Holy Communion
March 26, 2016 Easter Vigil Baptism and Confirmation of Catechumens
February 14, 2016 The Rite of Sending Catechumens for Election and Candidates for Recognition by the Bishop
November 29, 2015 - Rite of Acceptance - Jerre Riggs, Matt Currier, Zac Lowder, Alex Puhalla, and Gavin Villacorta.
Matt Currier, Jerre Riggs, Zac Lowder, Alex Puhalua, and Gavin Villacorta have been meeting each Monday since September with Fr. Bill and Patrick Lanza in what is called "The Inquiry Stage," the initial period in the process of "The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults" (RCIA). During this time among other things they have inquired about the journey of faith, the meaning of the Mass, scripture, the role of the pope, bishops, priests, deacons and the laity, the saints, Mary, prayer and the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
Having discussed and reflected on these topics and similar ones, Matt, Jerre, Zac, Alex and Gavin now have moved into the next stage of the process. This took place at the 7:00 PM Mass on Sunday, November 29, the First Sunday of Advent, at a ceremony called "The Rite of Acceptance." At this liturgy they told the community they were seeking to grow in faith. They were introduced to the community by their respective sponsors and the community assured them of their prayers and support.
Matt and Jerre who have never been baptized are now officially "Catechumens" as they continue the process to receive all the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, March 26th.
Zac who is called a "Candidate" has already been baptized in another Christian community, a Baptist. As Zac continues in the RCIA process, he will make a Profession of Faith to the Catholic Church and then be Confirmed and receive First Holy Communion at Easter.
Alex and Gavin who have already been baptized Catholics and have received First Holy Communion are presently preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) allows adults requesting baptism or who were baptized in another faith tradition to seek Full Communion in the Catholic Church. This process also welcomes adults, baptized Catholic, who are seeking to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation. The period of preparation is usually nine months.
If you are interested in joining the RCIA process, please contact the parish office to learn more.
Initiation for Adults
Religious faith formation is a lifelong process of growth and education that takes place in the parish and in the home. The goal of faith formation is two-fold: the personal growth in knowledge and the mission of the Catholic faith; and the spiritual growth of each individual as a disciple of Jesus Christ who shares the mission. Faith Formation provides parish members and those being received into the Church with the necessary sacramental preparation. This is accomplished through the CCD/PREP program for children and the RCIA for adults. However, faith formation is on-going. As a parish, St. Augustine supports and promotes the spiritual growth of all our members with the celebration of the sacraments, our liturgies, prayer, seasonal programs, outreach opportunities as well as opportunities for involvement in the life of the parish community. We encourage and support a stewardship of time, talent and treasure: sharing the gifts we receive from God.