Thinking about becoming Catholic? We’d love to talk with you.
If you have been thinking about the Catholic Faith but have been waiting for someone to invite you to take the first step, here is your invitation:
If you wish to celebrate Baptism in the Catholic Church, we invite you to participate in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). This is the Catholic Church’s official process for those seeking Baptism. All those taking this journey meet with a parish team on Sunday mornings from 10AM – 11AM and Thursdays at 7PM. The formal process consists of a period of Inquiry, a Catechetical period during which one learns specifically about the Catholic Church and a period of Spiritual Formation during Lent. The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation takes place at the Easter Vigil. And then, of course, the journey of discipleship continues throughout one’s lifetime.
Perhaps you are already baptized in another faith tradition, but wish to enter full communion with the Catholic Church. We invite you to join us in the RCIA journey, so that you can learn about the rich teachings and traditions of Catholicism.
If you have been baptized Catholic but have not received the Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation, this process would deepen your understanding as an adult and is highly recommended.
For further information about any of these journeys, contact Lisa Brown, Director of Office of Family Ministry at 248-391-4074 ext. 20 or firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.initiatorum.org to meet our RCIA Formation Team.
RETURNING TO THE CHURCH
Were you baptized a Catholic, but for one of many reasons left the Catholic Church? Did you drift away due to family or work obligations? Were you hurt by someone in the Catholic Church? Have you felt uncomfortable, perhaps because of a divorce, abortion or lifestyle choice? Whatever the reason, Christ the Redeemer is a community who believes that “all are welcome here” and we are welcoming YOU back home with open arms. How can we help you feel comfortable again?
If you wish to speak with someone directly, please call our Parish Office and make an appointment with Father Joe or Lisa Brown, Director of the Office of Family Ministry.
If you would like to catch up on the teachings of the Church, we invite you to either call us (the Office of Family Ministry) for a particular need or we recommend the resources available at: http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/Archive.aspx
If you did not celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony within the Catholic Church, we invite you to consider having your marriage “convalidated” (an official term for blessing your marriage within the Church.) You are also welcome to contact us if there are other Sacraments you haven’t yet celebrated and would like to complete them.
If you have children who have never had the opportunity to celebrate the Sacraments, we invite you to consider a process called the Family Catechumenate. This process is aimed at children of catechetical age (approximately 6 years and up) and prepares them for full initiation into the Catholic community to be celebrated within the Easter season. Children of this age ought to be enrolled in traditional faith formation programs as the family meets monthly for Sacramental preparation.
Whatever you need, we want to be of assistance.
For further information, contact Lisa Brown, Director of the Office of Family Ministry at 248-391-4074 ext. 20 or email@example.com.
In the fall of 2013, Father Joe issued a challenge to the parish: in celebration of our 25th anniversary as a faith community we were challenged to form 25 small faith groups. But, first of all, let’s clarify a few details:
What is a small faith group? Simply put, a small faith group is a gathering of people who are committed to support one another in their faith journey. Small faith-sharing groups allow us to share our faith with others and to grow together in community. Using prayer, shared experiences, and explorations of faith, these small groups can create in a smaller setting a community that enhances the life of the entire parish. They provide the opportunity within a large parish to get to know individuals in a more personal way. They provide the opportunity to support and encourage others.
Who might belong to a small faith group? How are they formed? This can happen in all kinds of ways. Sometimes people with a similar interest gather…at other times, people who have gone through a similar experience gather in a small faith group to continue that experience.
How often do such groups meet? This can only be answered by the group members themselves. Some groups meet weekly, others once a month, others quarterly. The importance is that the members who are involved are committed to meet when the group gathers.
What happens within the small group setting? Basic to any small group are the opportunities to pray, to share Scripture and to share faith. Some groups focus on a particular aspect of their journey… others sink into the Word of God as a launching pad for discussion.
Now what? At CTR, we already have a number of small groups that meet regularly…Bible study groups, the choir, book groups, MOMS groups, youth group, Social justice committee, commissions, married couples group, etc. The key is trying to launch new groups. Here are a few ideas generated at the last Education Commission meeting: perhaps parents of teens who attend Coffee House might enjoy meeting once or twice a month after they drop off their teens; perhaps parents of middle school youth would like to share faith, concerns and hopes during their children’s sessions; perhaps couples who regularly attend a particular Mass might enjoy meeting once a month after Mass; perhaps a Men’s groups might develop; perhaps a group consisting of young adult men and “elders” might enrich each other; perhaps a young married couples group would enjoy one another; perhaps a group for young singles might be helpful. The possibilities are endless… over the next few weeks and into the new year, I will be inviting you to consider if you might want to be part of such a group, and what your interest area might be. Stay tuned!
CRAZY CATHOLIC QUESTIONS
“Crazy Catholic Questions” is an article in the Christ the Redeemer Catholic Community bulletin that runs each week. Questions are submitted by parishioners and researched and answered by Lisa Brown, the Director of Religious Education and the Office of Family Ministry.
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AUDIO FILES OF PRESENTATIONS
Talking with Children About God
January 7, 2018 – Our presenter, Dr. Ann Garrido, is associate professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO, and founding director of the school’s master’s degree program in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She has served as a catechist with children ages 3 – 12 since 1996 and has been a formation leader with the U. S. National Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd since 1999. She is the author of seven books, including Mustard Seed Preaching (LTP, 2003), on the topic of children and preaching.
Lent 2017 – Finding God in Our Daily Life
Week 1, March 9th – Alan Haras – Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality
Alan Haras holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from UDM, a certificate in Ignatian Spirituality & owns Hamsa Yoga Studio in downtown Lake Orion. He offers an Introduction to Ingatian Spirituality and a brief overview of the life of St. Ingatius from which it grew
Week 2, March 16th – Fr. John Staudenmaier, S.J. – The Inner Geography of Prayer
Fr. John Staudenmaier, S.J., Jesuit priest, professor, scholar, scientist and spiritual leader invites us to deepen our relationship with God through an exploration of our inner workings and deepest desires with the help of the spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
Week 3, March 23rd – Ann Dillon – The Examen: Our Short & Mighty Prayer
Ann Dillon holds degrees in Education and Religious Studies. She co-leads the Seminar on Ingatian Spirituality and the Internship of Spiritual Companionship at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House. She introduces the Examen, a short but mighty daily prayer to help us “notice what we notice” about our day and discern what God may be inviting us to in what we notice.
Week 4, March 30th – Fr. Tom Florek, S.J. – Mercy in Action
Fr. Tom Tom Florek, S.J., Jesuit priest, professor, scholar and pastoral leader wraps up our four-week series by bringing before us all that we have discerned through our prayers, both individual and collective, and will help shape our innermost desires and dreams into some grace-filled work of mercy in our family, church, community, world.