August 31, 2012
RCIA v. 1 – 2012 – The first RCIA class was more than a year back in my rear view window, and as of Easter, 2013, its class members were all now full members of the Catholic Church.
March 31, 2013 – Easter
Tick-tock – time was passing…something which is most particularly noticeable after one passes the age of 60. One month gone after meeting with Fr. Ron, and I was still waiting to receive the promised book for Jason’s RCIA class.
Anxious to get going with life, I contacted Jason for the title. On Amazon I ordered Peter Kreeft’s Catholic Christianity: A Complete Catechism of Catholic Church Beliefs Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
It arrived…$20…and another book about Catholicism on my shelves. Three books on the catechism of the church…and I was still waiting for RCIA to begin.
Peter Kreeft’s book arrived Saturday. My husband Vic and I leave Friday for a week with our son and family in Maryland…returning August 1. Do you have an RCIA plan for the book that I can start with?
~~ Thanks! Jane Jimenez
Good to hear from you. I’m almost done with the curriculum. As soon as I finish, I’ll let you know the sequence we’re following. Have you given any more thought to doing it with the group? Community is the best context.
What is your time frame for the RCIA group? Time frame for my entering the church?
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Some, when ready, enter on Easter, but like Fr. Ron said, we can’t have a blanket time frame because it’s all about someone’s personal readiness. I hope that makes sense. At any rate, you’ll discover and experience more from the group than you will from just me, so I hope you’ll consider attending. Takes place on Tuesday evenings, beginning Sept 16.
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Thanks, Jason. We leave tomorrow 6 a.m. for a week and return August 1. I will check back with you the first week of August.
Our trip to Maryland for a visit with kids and grand kids was a wonderful time away from the daily details of life. By the time we returned, I anticipated that Jason would have his lessons plans completed, and he could give me some reading assignments. I was more than ready.
At home and settled in from our trip, I gave Jason a call.
“Our RCIA class is starting next month. It’s not that far away. Why don’t you sign up and attend the class?”
“If I did that, what would be the schedule for me to be baptized and enter the church?”
“Well, we have classes until Easter, and everyone enters at Easter Vigil Mass. It’s a wonderful experience, and you really bond and develop good relationships with other people going through the RCIA program with you.”
“I guess I’m a bit confused, Jason. Fr. Ron had mentioned an option that would allow me to be baptized prior to Easter. I understood that there was an option for me that would permit me to do that and to enter the Church sooner than Easter…which is eight months from now.”
“Why don’t you want to be a part of RCIA?”
“You know the Church allows you to wait until Easter. As a catechumen, if something were to happen to you before Easter, you would be treated as if you had been baptized. You don’t have to be baptized before Easter.”
“Maybe not…but I want to be baptized. I don’t want to wait. Fr. Ron said that was possible. It seems like you are saying that it’s not. Are you saying that the only option for me is to go through the regular RCIA program?”
“Well…ah…I…uh…I’m confused myself. I don’t really know what I am supposed to do. And I don’t have the authority to make a decision like that. I don’t really see what the problem is and why you don’t want to take the RCIA program. As a catechumen, the church lets you wait and get baptized at Easter.”
“Well…ah…I understand your situation Jason. Maybe the best way to understand this is to let Fr. Ron clarify it for us. Thanks, Jason.”
By now…I felt like I was the last person in line at a party where we were playing the telephone game. I had begun with Fr. Ron 45 days ago. If I could trust my memory, I had been told that he would consider an optional form of RCIA for me that would permit me to be baptized and even enter the church prior to Easter, hopefully before Christmas. Two months had passed since that meeting, and I felt like I was back in the batter’s box warming up.
Good evening Father Ron and Jason,
I am somewhat confused at this point. Is it possible to speak by phone with Father Ron? I find back-and-forth dialogue easier in one brief phone conversation than in using e-mail?
I am available at Father’s convenience on my cell phone. If you prefer to set a date/time for the call, just let me know what works. I am also more than happy to come in. I just want to conserve your time in your busy schedule.
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