After I found my Chruch Home the next step was to sign up for RCIA. If you don’t know what RCIA is; each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).†
I don’t have to be baptized because I already am so I will be entering just for Confirmation, or “coming into full Communion with the Church” as they say.
I am extremely excited to start this process at the end of the month/beginning of October!
I knew that making Confirmation was very important to my Dad. Once my application for RCIA was accepted I called him to tell him all about it and he was so happy I thought he was going to cry. I mean he might have cried but I didn’t hear it lol. He told me he’s been praying The Rosary daily for decades that I and my brother would return to the Church and finish our Sacraments. (Time to step up bro!)
I never knew that, and I was completely moved when he told me. I felt compelled to ask him to be my sponsor. He told me that he didn’t think he could be because he was divorced. I told him when I meet with the Priest I will ask, and I did!
I met with Father Joe a couple of weeks ago to ask questions and learn more about the process etc. I had asked him about how I obtain a sponsor. Does the church provide one, or do I have to get one on my own?
He told me that I get one on my own and it could be anyone: spouse, parent, friend etc as long as they are a practicing Catholic… *scratches head* what is a practicing Catholic?! and will my Father still be able to? After all, my father is divorced and he seems to be under the impression that he cannot be. According to the CCC 2041-2043 it appears there are 5 precepts of the Catholic Church:
- You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on Holy Days of obligation and rest from servile labor.
- You shall confess your sins at least once a year.
- You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at the LEAST during the Easter season.
- You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.
- You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church.
I’m not going to get in-depth with each one. I did find a priest on You Tube that spoke about each one in a little 6-minute video and it is very informative. It’s not as bad as it looks on paper. It’s quite easy actually.
Now, whether or not he does these 5 precepts I don’t know. I don’t follow the man around 24/7. I know for a fact he doesn’t take the Eucharist because he is divorced and remarried without an annulment. If the rules have changed on that I don’t know. I do know Pope Francis has asked that we welcome divorcees back to the Church. Now whether or not confession helps someone receive the Eucharist I am not sure. I am learning this one day at a time, and of course, these questions didn’t arise until after my meeting with Father Joe.
But just in case something comes up and it makes it so my Dad cannot sponsor me I do have a backup sponsor just in case. Not that I am expecting it to, but that’s the type A in me… PREPARED lol!