Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of April 14, 2003
Follow the RCIA path to God
Four men open their hearts to the Catholic Faith
By RENATO GANDIA
"It's something in my heart that I really felt good about."
- Stan Tomlinson
During this period, they talk about love, sin and reconciliation. They have meditations and reflections about the topics.
After they received the sacraments of initiation, the group still meets for some weeks for the period of mystagogy, during which presentations on social justice, ministries and other topics are given.
Berniquer, who attends a Catholic school, admitted he has never been religious. But going to a Catholic school and learning about the faith made him want to be a Catholic. Then his father died recently.
"When somebody dies in your family, you take everything into account. Any time can be your time," said the 16-year-old elect.
Ludu, 38, said, "My journey started when I was a child. I sometimes spent weekends with my Catholic friends and went to church with them.
"I think even prior to (RCIA), there's always been some faith," said Ludu, who is married to a Catholic and whose father belongs to the same faith community.
As he aged and with his child being baptized in the Church, he thought he should go with his feelings about the faith since he was a child. He then started attending RCIA in Red Deer.
Tomlinson, who worked in prison for 20 years, said, "I felt something in my heart and I didn't know what it was. But I was searching and bouncing around."
When the opportunity to become part of the RCIA journey came to him, he felt peace in his heart and soul.
"I can't explain it," he said.
"It's not because my wife is Catholic and not because my children are baptized. It's something in my heart that I really felt good about."
Keetch, who has been RCIA coordinator of the parish for three years, went through the RCIA herself 16 years ago and said she had an incredible experience.
She became involved in the process because she has a passion for the Christian faith. "I have a real passion for how it is expressed in the Catholic denomination. "I really want to give people the right impression of Catholicism." She tries to let them know "how my Baptism affected me, how my Confirmation affected me and how I live my Baptism."
The team is also extremely important, Keetch said. "If you only have one person, it cannot be done. If there is only one person who facilitates it, all they get is one person's faith, one person's theology, one person's devotion."
Having different types of personalities within the team is crucial so people get a broad view of Catholicism.
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