Pope Benedict XVI has called the Church to a Year of Faith starting October 11th – the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. We are all invited, young and old alike, to grow deeper in our knowledge and practice of our faith. If we are to do what Jesus calls us to do, evangelize, we must grow in our understanding of the Catholic faith. There will be many opportunities to do that starting on Monday, October 1st at 7:30 p.m. in the Muth Room, with our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults), a series of talks and explanations about our beliefs and practices.
Beginning Thursday, October 11th at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 13th at 9:00 a.m., we will present the conversion story of Tim Staples, “Jimmy Swaggert Made Me a Catholic” followed by Rev. Robert Barron’s series, “Catholicism,” which appeared on PBS last year.
Finally, if you want to do some home study, I recommend subscribing to Our Sunday Visitor or getting a copy of The Catechism of the Catholic Church. After all, the answer in the old Baltimore Catechism to the question of why God made us was “to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this life so as to be happy with Him in the life to come.” It all starts with knowing Him.
- Fr. Carl