Becoming Catholic - Rites of Christian Initiation (RCIA)
We are happy to share our faith with others. If you are interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Catholic faith, call the Parish Office. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. Contact us for more information about Sacramental Preparation.
- First Station: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane Matthew 26:36-41
- Second Station: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested Mark 14: 43-46
- Third Station: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin Luke 22: 66-71
- Fourth Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter Matthew 26: 69-75
- Fifth Station: Jesus is Judged by Pilate Mark 15: 1-5, 15
- Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns John 19: 1-3
- Seventh Station: Jesus Bears the Cross John 19: 6, 15-17
- Eighth Station: Jesus is Helped by Simon the Cyrenian to Carry the Cross Mark 15: 21
- Ninth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem Luke 23: 27-31
- Tenth Station: Jesus is Crucified Luke 23: 33-34
- Eleventh Station: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief Luke 23: 39-43
- Twelfth Station: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple John 19: 25-27
- Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross Luke 23: 44-46
- Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb Matthew 27: 57-60
- Fifteenth: Resurrection Luke 24: 1-12
- Sixteenth: The Appearance on the Road to Emmaus" Breaking of the Bread. Luke 24:24-35
Adult Faith Formation
The church teaches us that a mature adult faith is living, explicit, and fruitful. We do this by nourishing our faith by:
- having a relationship with Jesus,
- celebrating our faith with others in Eucharistic Liturgies and praying with others,
- living a moral life in our homes and workplaces,
- building a strong church and civic community,
- sharing our faith in appropriate manners with those we come in contact.
To grow in our faith at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we offer these opportunities to adults and their families:
Scripture Study: Several Series of Scripture studies are offered throughout the year
- Prepared programs such as Little Rock and Loyola have printed material which groups meet and discuss on a weekly basis.
- Reflection of Sunday Readings happens on a weekly basis throughout the year where groups prayerfully read the upcoming readings for Sunday and discuss important insights into these readings.
- Seasonal and particular scripture studies periodically are scheduled such as Advent or Lenten themes or Scriptural insights into the Rosary or Stations of the Cross.
First Wednesday: On the first Wednesday of the month, there is an evening presentation on some aspect of our faith that is covered. A light meal is provided at 6:00 p.m. followed by the presentation at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome and there is no cost but signing up prior to the evening assists in the preparation of food and other materials.
Advent: The Adult Faith Formation Committee has worked at making the preparation time for Christmas a time when adults can have reflective times away from the business of their regular routine. These opportunities for prayer and reflection are usually on the Wednesdays of Advent.
Lenten Series: The Lenten series are light meals and reflective talks that happen on Wednesdays during Lent. The reflective evenings are listed in the bulletin and in a flier which goes out prior to Lent.
Grief Recovery: The three parishes of Midland offer a group process for grieving the loss of a loved one. Each process is over several weeks and is offered at various times during the year to accommodate different schedules for those who would benefit from this.
Special Programs: Diocesan programs are frequently listed in publications such as the bulletin or in the Diocesan newspaper. These growthful programs include such things as university courses, lay ministry formation, retreats and other enrichment programs.
Catechist Formation: Volunteers are always needed to assist the pastoral staff with important ministry of handing on the faith. Those wishing to be catechists should contact a staff person to find out the requirements. All catechists go through the diocesan required background check and educational presentation of VIRTUS to enable that we can create safe environments for our children. Other preparation to becoming a catechist is an ongoing willingness to build on ones knowledge through the diocesan certification process.
Faith Formation Volunteer OPPORTUNITIES
- Catechist for Adults: Facilitates and teaches aspects of Catholic faith and way of life. Formation required.
- Facilitators: Lead Guided Discussion.
- Group Grief Recovery: Leads a structured process of grieving over the death of a loved one.
- Library Committee: Catalogs and keeps current books and materials in the library.
- RCIA: Aids in the process of those seeking full communion with the Catholic Church as inquiry leader, catechist, sponsor, or hospitality minister. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults