On October 31' 1517 on the eve of the feast of All Saints day Bishop Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the door of All Saints Church in Wattenberg Germany. An event that literally tore apart the church of Jesus the Christ. While Luther's protests were valid, tearing apart the Church of Jesus the Christ was an event that changed the Christian church for almost 500 Yrs. So far!
Before this event the church was just known as the Christian church or the church of Christ. Now with the Lutheran Church there needed to be a distinction, and the Church that Jesus and the Apostles started became known as The Holy Roman Catholic Church.
I grew up in not far from here in Cherry Hill and my whole family went to the Morristown Bible Protestant church. When my mother married a Catholic gentlemen and we moved to Williamstown I was in search of a church.
Well I didn't find one that I liked so I simply stopped going, I never even considered the Catholic Church.
I fell in love with the women of my dreams who just happened to be Catholic we were married and began a new life.
Irene was and is still very active in the Church, but she never pushed me or even asked me to become Catholic.
One day she did ask me to sign up to help at the Carnival, which I did.
I had been going to Mass on holy days and from time to time with her and helping out where I could for a few years.
When I came to sign up for the carnival Monsignor Ryan answered the door and I went in and signed up for the carnival and I had a long talk with him and somehow I left signed up for RCIA too.
The RCIA experience moved me so much that I came back year after year to help as many of the RCIA members including many of our core team.
I'm sure that the years of helping with the RCIA program led to my Call to the Deaconate and I am happy to now be the director of RCIA for our parish.
When I received all three sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil in March of 1984 I could feel the fire of the Holy Spirit inside me, and every year when I see this group of wonderful people grow in faith from September to the Easter Vigil and see the fire in them it's like going on the best retreat ever! It reignites that fire felt that Easter Vigil in1984 year after year. Thank you God for all that you have done for me!!!
The RCIA program is there for you weather you are from another Christian faith, no faith, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or anything else.
The RCIA program is also for Catholics who want to know more about their faith, and Catholics who were baptized but haven't received Eucharist and or Conformation.
Hopefully someday the Church of Jesus Christ will be fully reunited until then RCIA is brining everyone that hears Gods call back into the Church of Christ we now know as the Holy Roman Catholic Church!
May God bless you.
Any questions and I mean any call me at the parish center 856-629-6142 Ext.-38.
Yours in Christ,