The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments.
For Catholics, Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship following Christ. Infants and children up to 7 are invited to the Sacrament of Baptism. Please contact Monsignor Joseph to discuss the possibility and process of infant baptism. For adults, the usual process for Baptism is part of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.
Thinking about joining the Catholic church? Want to learn more about becoming Catholic? Refer to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The RCIA program begins on September 10, 2017 in Talley 2108A. We meet on Sundays from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Please contact Jean-Claude Shore (email@example.com).
Is the RCIA for me?
The RCIA is for three groups of people:
- Those who are not baptized.
- Those who were baptized into another Christian denomination and wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.
- Baptized Catholics who were never formed in the Catholic faith and have not completed their initiation; that is, who have received neither of the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
Eucharist: The Source and Summit of Faith
Through the consecration of hosts at Mass, the bread and wine become the true Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus. This is celebrated at every Mass and received by the people during Communion as spiritual food and drink.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance or Confession) is a wonderful gift we have as Catholics. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness, and as a result we are called to forgive others. Reconciliation is offered before and after masses, but remember to give Monsignor Joseph some advance notice. You can also request an appointment anytime.
Catholic Campus Ministry also offers opportunities in Advent and in Lent to gather and express our sorrow for our mistakes and our sins and to ask God for help and forgiveness. Opportunities for individual confession are offered at each of the services.
The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is a public sign that gives oneself totally to another person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife reveals the values they share and the God they love. To inquire about preparation for marriage please contact Monsignor Joseph.
Vocations in the Church
Many people are called to the vocation of marriage, while others may be called to the vocation of priesthood, to the religious life as a sister or brother, or to the diaconate. Equally Christ calls some to the commitment of single life. Those interested in discerning vocations to priesthood or religious life, please contact the Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Philip Tighe (firstname.lastname@example.org) Also check out at this website (www.raleighvocations.org).
Anointing of the Sick
This sacrament is for anyone who is physically or mentally ill, particularly those who are hospitalized or preparing for surgery. To schedule an anointing that is not an emergency, please contact Monsignor Joseph.