Wednesday, January 23, 2013

More on my conversion...

The RCIA classes continue to go very well. We didn't meet last week (and I didn't make it to Mass), and I have felt like I'm missing something all week. We also didn't meet for two weeks over Christmas. Since then, we've met together as a group twice. Two weeks ago, we went over our schedules from now until the Easter Vigil. We will be very busy over the next 9 weeks or so. There are several things that we have to do in preparation for our First Communion. In a few weeks, I will take part in the Rite of Election and the Rite of Sending. I have turned in my baptism certificate, which will be laid on the Altar at some point in the ceremony. I don't know what to expect fully - there are two separate ceremonies. One will be held at St. Albert and the other will be held at St. Patrick's (I think) and I believe the Archbishop will be there. 

It's interesting to go through each of these Rites. While a part of me is ready to move forward and be fully initiated into the Church, the other part of me is so grateful for this process. I'm thankful that I know what I'm getting in to. I have the opportunity to build relationships with others in the community and to be a part of a group of new Catholics. This process has not just been something else to check off of my to-do list, but it has been a true spiritual journey for me. 

We also are set to participate in the Communal Reconciliation early in March. This should be an interesting experience as well. I have no idea what to expect. I think we will learn more about that in a few weeks. 

Tomorrow, we are slated to discuss Morality/Informed Conscience...should be a thought provoking conversation, I'd say!

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