Faith is a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused by Him. "Before faith can be exercised, a man must have the grace of God to move and assist him; he must have the interior helps of the Holy Spirit, who moves the heart and converts it to God, who opens the eyes of the mind and 'makes it easy for all to accept and believe the truth.'" (CCC153) However, with St Thomas Aquinas we must say, "We cannot have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be lead on to master the evidence for ourselves."

RCIA - the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults - is the process by which those who seek union with God in His Church and the fullness of faith are instructed, prepared, and begun on the journey of "mastering the evidence." Coming into a full relationship with God in His Church takes the seeker through stages of inquiry, training, purification and preparation before the joyous reception into the Church founded by and through Jesus Christ Himself.

If you have never been baptized, were not baptized Catholic, or have been away from the Church for a long while, please contact Fr Miller or Mrs Rosa Jimenez in the Parish office at 704-735-5575. Classes for adults begin in September and are held once a week. Father Miller is happy to meet one-on-one to answer questions or discuss any concerns you may have as you begin the process. For a wealth of information on the Catholic faith, visit www.catholicscomehome.org

 

"Catholicism is a deep matter, you cannot take it in a teacup."

Cardinal Newman