Do you know someone who might want to be Catholic? Perhaps it is a friend at work? Or perhaps your spouse is not Catholic and has been curious about the faith. In just a few weeks we will begin the process commonly called Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The first phase is what is called the Inquiry phase. It is a time to gather and ask questions such as: Who is God? How is God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Why does God love me even though I have done some pretty horrible things? Why does God desire to redeem the human race even though we have fallen far short of holiness and integrity? Who am I and what is my purpose?

These are all questions we hope to ask as we begin the Inquiry phase of the RCIA process. Perhaps you are reading this and have been Baptized in another Christian faith. Perhaps you are reading this as someone who has never been Baptized? In any case you are reading this because God is calling you to himself. The wonder of our Christian God is such that no matter how far we have fallen or how low we have gone there is always possibility for growth and newness in our lives if we turn it over to God. He is capable of healing the worst sinner. I invite you to a Come and See RCIA Orientation on either Saturday, August 17 after the 4:30 pm Mass or Sunday, August 18 after the 10:30 am Mass.

Maybe you aren’t sure if the Catholic faith is for you. That’s okay. The RCIA process is designed for you to get to know the God who loves you. No one expects you to all of a sudden be a perfect saint. Come with your doubts and questions. The life of Christian grace is a lifelong process. Very often even I look back and see how imperfect my thoughts and decisions have been. While becoming a saint is the goal the life of the Catholic Christian is more about being opened more and more everyday to the love of God. It is not I who change myself but the God of glory whose grace, presence, and love within me calls me to new heights of holiness.

If you are curious I invite you to come test the waters. Come and get to know God, the creator of the universe, the God who knew you before he formed you in your mother’s womb, and the God who desires to share his life and love with you for all eternity. Know that the Catholic faith is a place not for the perfect but for sinners, and God has designed a Church to help you grow from grace to grace into the person he has made you to be!

In a little housekeeping note, I have decided to share this bulletin space with various parish groups over the course of the month. In this next month you will hear news from Family Formation & Sacramental Prep., the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Daughters of America, and our very own beloved St. Mary Catholic School. -Fr. W.