This Week at Blessed Sacrament
The role of a disciple is not simply to tell people about Jesus but to invite them to come and meet him. There is a difference. The first is simply giving someone a suggestion. The second is offering a commitment. When you invite people you are asking them to join you. Your words are so much more powerful when you say this is important enough that I will be there with you.
As we come to the month of August, we will soon be starting our fall session of the RCIA. These letters stand for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is the official process by which the church invites and forms adults to become members of the church. Our RCIA team is put together to help inquirers learn the basics of Catholicism. We explore faith, prayer, scripture, sacraments, morality, and discipleship. But the RCIA is not just academic; it is also an opportunity to experience Jesus in the parish community. It is a time to ask and share our faith and understand what and why we Catholics do as we do. It is about formation.
Do you know someone you would like to invite to join RCIA? Perhaps it is a spouse or family member or neighbor or close friend who has expressed an interest in the church. I suggest you invite them and not simply tell them about the RCIA. Your presence will give them courage and reassurance. Inquiry is not a commitment. It is the opportunity to find answers to your questions. Our first meeting of the fall session will be Thursday, September 10 at 7 pm in the rectory meeting room. Safety precautions will be observed. It is not too early to call the parish office (528-7521) to register. Perhaps you may wish to meet with me or one of the team prior to the session. That can be arranged. Your encouragement will help that friend make the call.
There are many people who want to know how this 2,000 year old faith can direct and shape one’s life in the 21st century. They have the interest, the questions, and the desire. What they are waiting for is the invitation. Please invite them. Don’t just tell them, because invitations are what discipleship is all about.
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School Advisory Board
There are two openings on the School Advisory Board. One position is for a parent with a child or children at Blessed Sacrament School and the other position is for a non-parent. These terms are for three years. If you are interested, please call the Parish Office at 528-7521 and leave your name and contact information.
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