The RCIA or catechumenate is the Catholic Church's process for welcoming adult inquirers who are interested in becoming members of the Roman Catholic Church. It is a process which follows the Church's liturgical year and leads up to the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil.
At Resurrection, formal sessions begin in September and continue through the Easter season. Adults who are interested in participating should contact the Parish Office for more information.
The baptismal preparation classes are conducted by Rev. James F. Weldon. Classes are held the third Sunday of each month at 9:45 am, in the Magdalen Room. If you are expecting a child, be sure to attend one of these classes.
The schedule for the upcoming classes of 2017:
December 17, 2017
January 21, 2018
February 18, 2018
March 18, 2918
April 15, 2018
Please call the office with questions or to schedule a baptism.
In the Diocese of Wichita, the usual time for Confirmation is during the high school years. Enrollment in a Catholic High School, or PSR Program as well as attending 10 Confirmation classes are required before being confirmed. In the new list of "Precepts of the Church," the third precept is: "To study Catholic doctrine in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, and to continue studying and working for Christ."
Usually the preparation for these sacraments is given in our religious education program on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. and in our Catholic Schools. Although our children attend many different Catholic and public schools, these sacraments are parish (and not school) functions. If parents prefer to prepare their children for First Confession and First Holy Communion, they may certainly do so. A child may receive these sacraments when he/she is capable of knowing right from wrong and when he/she knows the difference between the Eucharist and any other bread. The customary time for these sacraments is second grade.
The Bishops of Kansas have determined that four to six months preparation is required before the marriage of a Catholic. The Bishops state that no absolute commitment on dates and times may be given before the completion of the requisite preparations. These preparations include participation in an Engaged Encounter weekend at the Spiritual Life Center or Evenings for the Engaged Series, counseling with the FOCCUS instrument (a pre-marital inventory), an introductory session in Natural Family Planning at Via Christi, and the customary completion of freedom to marry forms. If it is to be an inter-faith marriage, instructions on the beliefs of Catholics must also be given. (The non-Catholic need not become a Catholic, but he/she needs to know the basic beliefs of Catholics.) All other questions about marriage can be answered by contacting the parish office and obtaining the Wedding preparation booklet.
Catholics who are living together without the benefit of the sacrament of matrimony will receive instruction and will have a small private ceremony.
The annulment of a marriage may be sought by contacting the pastor.
When a person is seriously ill, he/she should call for the priest to minister this wonderful sacrament. One need not be at death's door to receive the sacrament! Indeed, the sacrament is intended as part of the Church's healing ministry -- healing for body as well as for soul! A condition which is so serious as to demand surgery with a general anesthetic is serious enough for a person to be anointed. Don't be afraid to call for the Pastor to minister this sacrament at every serious change in your condition.
We shall be happy to bring Holy Communion to those who cannot attend Sunday Mass. Please let us know.