Faith Formation: Jess Heringer, Pastoral Assistant
Adult Faith Formation on Wednesday Evenings
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Adult Faith Formation gatherings on Wednesday evenings this fall and winter! We are especially grateful to all of our RCIA presenters that made these evenings possible.
Over the past few months, we explored:
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
- Are you, your spouse, a friend, or an acquaintance a member of another faith tradition but worship regularly here at St. Ignatius?
- Are you experiencing God’s call in your life and seeking Baptism or full communion with the Catholic Church? If you are, please consider participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) at St. Ignatius. RCIA offers the opportunity to explore with others what the Catholic Church has to offer and serves as the gradual process of welcoming new members into the Roman Catholic Church. St. Ignatius has begun hosting RCIA sessions this summer, and adults are welcome to begin the process on an on-going basis.
Adults from many walks of life participate in RCIA – those who are unbaptized, Christians baptized in another denomination, or Catholics who have not participated in the sacraments beyond Baptism. Over the course of an extended period of time, often one year, RCIA participants gather weekly with members of St. Ignatius community to hear Scripture, reflect on its meaning for their lives, and study the teachings of the Catholic Church. After months of preparation and prayer, the whole community celebrates Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil with those who have discerned a call to be initiated in the Roman Catholic tradition.
The Rite of Christian Initiation also provides an adapted process for welcoming youth (7 - 18 yrs.) into the Roman Catholic Church. Like their adult counterparts, youth also hear the Scriptures and study the teachings of the Catholic Church with peers and then celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
St. Ignatius parish has begun hosting RCIA sessions this summer, and adults are welcome to begin the process on an on-going basis. Since the RCIA process involves significant preparation and adult baptisms are celebrated once a year (April 4, 2014), we encourage those who are interested to contact pastoral assistant, Jess Heringer, firstname.lastname@example.org 503-777-1491, ext. 238, to schedule an initial conversation at your earliest convenience.
First Eucharist and Reconciliation
First Eucharist and Reconciliation
Preparation to receive Reconciliation (Penance or Confession) and the Eucharist for the first time is offered to those who are beginning at least the second grade. Children's Reconciliation classes are held between September and October and Eucharist classes are held between January and May. Parent sessions and opportunities for family involvement are provided during the preparation periods. To sign up, please download and the letter, schedule, and registration form below and turn the completed paperwork into the parish office by September 7, 2014. Contact pastoral assistant, Jess Heringer, at 503-777-1491 Ext. 238 or email@example.com if you have further questions.
LETTER, SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION:
For Infants & Children (newborn through 7 yrs.), Baptism is celebrated at the regular Sunday liturgies on several designated Sundays during the year. To prepare for this Sacrament, parents and godparents must register with the parish and attend classes on the meaning and ritual of Baptism. Call the parish office for a packet at 503-777-1491 including, Godparent/Christian witness forms
The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated every other year in our Parish.
Congratulations to our High School students that have recently received the Sacrament of Confirmation on May 6th with Archbishop Sample.
Our next class will begin in Fall 2015, contact Jess Heringer for details! 503-777-1491 x238