Would you like to know more about the Catholic Church? Would you like to become Catholic? Did you miss your Confirmation? If any of these scenarios apply to you, then the RCIA Program is just for you. The RCIA is the Right of Christian Initiation for Adults. This is the Program initiated by the Roman Catholic Church and modeled by the Early Fathers of the Christian Church. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus instructed his first Apostles saying "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." The Roman Catholic Church has always held this mandate close to her heart, and obeying the words of her beloved Savior, she has instructed, formed, and continues to make disciples of all nations. Individuals wanting to inquire about Christianity and the Catholic faith are instructed to enter into the RCIA Program. Here they will be welcomed by loving Catholics and devoted followers of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who want to share their joy of the Salvation won for them by the crucifixion of the only Son of God, Jesus Christ. Our 2013-2014 classes will begin in the fall, in the Mystical Rose Hall. Please see the our bulletin later in the summer for full details. WHY CONFIRMATION?Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed." – The Catechism of the Catholic Church, CCC 1285Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Since Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist form a unity, it follows that "the faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time," for without Confirmation and Eucharist, Baptism is certainly valid and efficacious, but Christian initiation remains incomplete.– The Catechism of the Catholic Church, CCC 1306THE EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION:From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace: - it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!" - it unites us more firmly to Christ; - it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us; - it renders our bond with the Church more perfect; - it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross:– The Catechism of the Catholic Church, CCC 1303Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts. For registration and additional information the parish office.