Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
April 19, 2010
Catechumens rise to new life in Baptism
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
No matter how or why one starts the journey to becoming a Catholic, the experience is fantastic, said Shelley Lynes.
Lynes was an adult catechumen baptized during the Easter Vigil at Holy Trinity Church in Spruce Grove/Stony Plain April 3.
"My family is Catholic but my mom was a slacker and didn't baptize us," she said with a laugh. "I would go to the parish but I just couldn't participate in anything, so I thought it was finally time.
"My kids go to the Catholic school, and I wanted them to stay in the Catholic school system. At first I did it mostly for them, so I could baptize them Catholic."
The three-hour vigil included the Liturgy of Light, a lengthy Liturgy of the Word, the blessing of the baptismal waters and the initiation of 11 new Catholics, Lynes being one of them.
Lynes, five other catechumens and five candidates were welcomed officially into the Church, and received the Eucharist for the first time that night.
Normally only a bishop confirms Catholics. However, priests can be delegated to confirm adult converts when they are brought into full communion with the Church at the Easter Vigil and they have attended the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program in the parish.
Going through RCIA was a gradual process that began somewhat informally. After Lynes contacted her local parish about Christian initiation, she met with others at RCIA classes who were also exploring the possibility of becoming Catholic.
RCIA provided opportunities to ask questions about the Church and hear the message of Jesus Christ and how it is lived out in the Catholic faith.