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Week of March 17, 2008
RCIA: St. Dominic Parish welcomes group of 9
Mom wanted more understanding of what kids are learning
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"I've been looking forward to this for such a long time"
- David Featherstone
Hempel joined the RCIA in September. "My children attend St. Dominic's (Elementary) School and my niece attends J.J. Bowlen (Junior High) and I wanted to understand what they were going through and be part of a community," she said.
Now she will be able to get involved in the parish. She wants to be a reader, be part of the Marriage Encounter program and help with Sunday school. "The RCIA has brought me so much joy and a sense of community. So I'm very proud."
David Featherstone, a former Baptist, has been attending St. Dominic Parish for the past three years and is excited about joining the Church officially. "I've been looking forward to this for such a long time," he said. "It's incredible."
The 58-year-old heavy-duty mechanic joined the RCIA because he wanted to formalize his relationship with the Church. He is also engaged to a Catholic woman and wants to marry in the Church. He is enjoying the RCIA process so much "I don't want to miss a class."
But Featherstone is no stranger to the faith. In fact, he attended a Catholic parish in Surrey, B.C. for 10 years until the late 1960s. "I participated in most of the parish's functions but I never got baptized," he recalled.
Later on he married a Baptist and started attending the Baptist Church. He divorced in 1999. "I'm following through what I should have done long ago," he said. "The Catholic faith is much more structured for me."
For Bryce Wooley, a 20-year-old management studies student at Grant MacEwan College, joining the Church is also a formality of sorts. He was never baptized as a child even though he was brought up a Catholic and attended Catholic schools all his life. He graduated from Archbishop O'Leary High School.
"I learned everything I know (about the faith) at school but here I'm learning things more in-depth," he said. "I'm really excited about this." Wooley is also happy that his upcoming wedding will be blessed by the Church.
Lori-Ann Goodyear, 29, joined the RCIA at St. Dominic's to gain access to Catholic education for her children but now is excited about the faith.
"When I joined I thought I would be so bored but now I'm interested and I can relate it (the faith) to everyday life," she said. "I'm very excited."
A mother of two, Goodyear wants her five-year-old daughter Martina to attend St. John Bosco Catholic School so she will learn Catholic values. But she was told the school could not guarantee her a spot unless she was a Catholic. So she decided to become one.
"I've enjoyed this course so much; it's totally opposed to what I first thought," Goodyear said. "I definitely recommend it."
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