Do you want to Become Fully Catholic?

As Becoming Fully Catholic is a truly year-round movement, it's prudent to think about why we do it in this way- taking in anyone who comes to us at whatever point of the year, meeting only twice a month for catechesis, and pushing the seekers out into the larger community instead of into a classroom. In paragraph 4 of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, we read that “the initiation of catechumens is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful. By joining the catechumens in reflecting on the value of the paschal mystery and by renewing their own conversion, the faithful provide an example that will help the catechumens to obey the Holy Spirit more generously.” What does this mean?

It means that YOU, as a parishioner of St. Charles, join in instructing the candidates and catechumens. It's not just my job, or just the job of the FIAT team, or even just our priests' job. You, simply by your faithful and prayerful example in your daily lives, train our brothers and sisters in Becoming Fully Catholic in how to be a Catholic. You show them what it looks like to live joyfully in relationship with Jesus Christ: caring for your neighbor, faithfully attending the Liturgies, praying without ceasing, serving each other. By the very fact of your baptism, this is your mission. This is what it means to place Becoming Fully Catholic in the midst of the community. This group of seekers isn't something that meets off in a corner room and only shows up occasionally at the Mass. Instead, it is visible. Becoming Fully Catholic is integral to the life of our parish and the life of the Church. We pray that you will remember this as you go about your days. Pray for our candidates and catechumens, instruct them, get to know them, answer the call to testify of them when the time comes during Lent, and join with us in great joy as they Become Fully Catholic. Contact Jess Panlener, Director of Discipleship at jpanlener@stcharleshartland.org.

“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.'" Luke 15:4-6