CCD & RCIA Classes
Reminders for the week!
Thank you for a spectacular Feather Party last weekend! The Feather Party is a fundraiser for both St. Boniface and Our Lady of Lourdes Religious Education programs. It aids to offset the cost of supplies, retreats, Vacation Bible School, upgrades to the OLL CCD hall, events, guest speakers, and other needs of our programs. Thank you to all who participated!
Thank you to all of our generous donors and volunteers who made this a successful party for all! I especially want to thank Jill Wooten (children's bingo coordinator), Jeff and Karen Rood (kitchen coordinators), Mitch and Tom (Bingo callers), & Joe and Jeni Liszak (Silent Auction coordinators), Thank you to our families, catechists, volunteers, and staff who helped prepare for this event.
Congratulations to our Silent Auction and Tank's Meat winners! Please make sure to pick up your winnings before November 15th. Please contact the OLL office to arrange a pick up time between 8am and 12pm Monday through Friday. Remaining crockpots from our kitchen are also asked to be picked up before the 15th. Remaining items will be donated.
Reminders for this week:
To all 2nd grade students and families, we will host our first meeting to prepare for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. Student and parent must attend either Wed. Nov. 13th 6:45-8:15 p.m. at St. Boniface School or Sun. Nov. 17th 8:45-10:15 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Hall for information related to preparing for these Sacraments.
In the peace of Christ,
Kathy Smith, Coordinator of Religious Education
What is CCD?
The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine was an association established at Rome in 1562 for the purpose of providing religious education. Today CCD refers to a religious education program of the Catholic Church, normally designed for children.
Our Parish CCD Program
St. Boniface & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Students in Grades K-8 who attend public school receive their Faith Formation through our parish CCD program which consists of class study and preparation for the reception of the sacraments. The goal of the parish CCD program is to enable and encourage the students to learn more about their faith. In all things, Mass attendance, service to others and love of neighbor is promoted.
To pay for religious education classes for your child, please click on your parish name below.
With so much vitriol in our country today, does courtesy really matter?
Father Mike Schmitz addresses that question in this weeks' "Ascension Presents".
Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, is designed:
- For those individuals who have never been baptized
- For those individuals who want to come into full communion with the Church and deepen their Faith
- For Catholics who have been baptized, but have not yet received Eucharist or Confirmation
Becoming a Catholic is a very profound and joyous experience. Some receive the gift while they are still infants, and over the course of time they grow in recognition of both the enormous grace that has been bestowed upon them and of the dignity and wonder of their identity as Catholics. Others come into the Catholic community while they are older children or adults. In these cases, it is necessary for people to have a grasp of the joyful process by which one becomes a Catholic.
Through stories, rituals, and symbols of the Catholic tradition, seekers are invited to deepen their faith, and celebrate their faith journey with the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation during the Easter Vigil Mass.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a rite of welcome, beginning, and reconnection. It is a faith journey of the community that helps us renew mind, heart, and spirit. The journey is guided by members of the parish who live by the Gospel of Jesus, helping newcomers understand their gifts and how those gifts benefit the community. It is also a personal journey, in which an individual looks at their own relationship with God. As the newcomer discovers Christ, their enthusiasm helps transform the whole parish.
The RCIA program is intended for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. Through God's help participants will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation then, at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully.
Within the RCIA program, the process of initiation is gradual and takes place within the community of the faithful. The rite of initiation is a spiritual journey, and the experience will vary with each individual according to the many forms of God's grace. The program includes time for inquiry and for taking steps as we move along this spiritual pathway together.
- Initial discernment and conversion
- A desire to become Catholic
- Intense preparation for the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation
- Being welcomed into the order of catechumens, or candidates
The spiritual journey of preparation completed, the catechumens and candidates then receive the Christian Sacrament(s) of Initiation, during the Easter Vigil Mass, on Holy Saturday Evening. The entire Parish community becomes responsible for the initiation of adults interested in the Catholic faith, and St. Paul's offers an outstanding program for the Christian Initiation of Adults.
Note: The word catechumenate means "time of serious study" and prepared inquirers become catechumens (those who have not been baptized), or candidates (baptized Christians who have not yet been confirmed as Roman Catholics).
Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
Pre-Evangelization - "It is a time of Evangelization: faithfully and constantly the living God is proclaimed and Jesus Christ who he has sent for the salvation of all." (USCCB, National Statues for the Catechumenate, 6)
9-18-19 Introductions, Sharing of calendar, Expectations, Is there a truth? Does God Exist?
9-25-19 Is there an absolute Truth? How do we know that God exists?
10-2-19 Divine Revelation - What is that? Salvation History
10-9-19 Salvation History
10-16-19 The life of Jesus Christ: Who is Jesus? Incarnation, Messiah, Christ, God, Prophet.
10-23-19 The beginning of the Church. Acts of the Apostles and the first Pope. What is the Church?
11-6-19 How did we get to where we are today? Church History - first 1,000 years.
11-13-19 The Eucharist
11-27-19 The 7 Sacraments
12-4-19 Marriage and the Eucharist
12-11-19 Basic morality: What is a sin?, are all sins equal, The Commandments, and Confession.
12-18-19 Marian Devotion
1-1-20 What do you believe? Definition of Faith, Hope and, Love. Discernment and is this what you believe? Touch on how to pray. ( Individual Interviews)
1-5-20 Catechumenate - Rite of Catechumenate
1-8-20 Prayer and worship: How, why and saintly examples.
1-15-20 How to pray the Rosary and other Marian devotions.
1-22-20 Difficult Moral Questions I
1-29-20 Difficult Moral Questions II
2-5-20 Heresy, Dogmas, and Doctrines
2-12-20 Why do good people suffer? Why is there suffering?
2-19-20 Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, and Judgment
2-26-20 Ash Wednesday 7 PM Mass in Genoa. Meet before the Mass to explain what it means to fast and do penance.
3-1-20 Rite of Election (Sunday, 3 PM) @ Rosary Cathedral in Toledo.
3-4-20 Discernment: How do i know what I should do?
First Scrutiny - Presentation of the Creed (3rd Sunday of Lent)
3-11-20 How do I grow in my faith?
Second Scrutiny (4th Sunday of Lent)
3-18-20 Stations of the Cross
Third Scrutiny - Presentation of the Lord's Prayer (5th Sunday of Lent)
3-25-20 Tour of the Mass - Where did this come from?
4-1-20 Catholic devotions: The grand tour of 2,000 years.
4-4-20 Saturday Retreat 9 am - 2 pm
Purification and Enlightenment
4-15-19 Easter Vigil Revisited - What did you get out of it?
4-22-20 Acts of the Apostles
4-29-20 The Pauline Literature and the Book of Revelation.
5-6-20 Closing Mass and Dinner,