The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is one of the Church’s most amazing treasures. It is the process by which we as a community accompany adults who feel called by God to become members of the Catholic Church. The Church envisages RCIA as the centre of parish life; the model of life and ministry.
Circumstances over several months, both delightful and challenging, have been pushing me to consider more deeply, what it means to be catholic, both personally and for us together. I could phrase the question along the lines of the Gospel: ‘Who do I say I am?’ and ‘Who do we say we are?’ I am not considering so much what I say with words, that’s easy. What I am considering is what I say with my life, day in and day out. What follows is something of what I have been pondering.
The Tuesday evening of Holy Week, 7.00pm in the Sacred Heart Cathedral. It is an amazing liturgy. People gather from all over the diocese. They come by bus and car and by 6.30pm the cathedral and its precinct are full of people, all catching up and preparing to be part of this most significant celebration of our faith.
Death and bereavement are part of our common human experience. Ministry with the dying and the bereaved, particularly around the time of the funeral, is an important aspect of the life and mission of parishes.
Father Richard Shortall is a familiar face to many in the local community, thanks to his ‘retreat in everyday life’ offered in several parishes and his accompanying the relic of St Francis Xavier back in 2012.