Inclusion is for baptized non-Catholics who identify themselves as followers or disciples of Jesus Christ, and have been so as adult Christians. If you were raised and baptized in a Christian community and you desire the fullness of the Catholic Church, then Inclusion is for you. Through our evening sessions , we walk the path of Christian discipleship, learning what it means to be a committed follower of Jesus Christ.
Inclusion connects people who are inquiring about Christ and His Catholic Church. We follow a friendly small group model. No question or objection is off limits because we want you to be free to explore your own faith as well as the gospel in a non-argumentative, casual environment.
Inclusion lasts for 10 Tuesday evening sessions. Each session is 75 minutes long and is broken up into a teaching component and discussion components, giving you plenty of time to voice your viewpoint and get your questions answered.
What if I haven't been baptized, or been in a Church in years?
If you have not been baptized, or you were baptized as a child but never grew up in a Christian setting or family, then you should head over to our RCIA page. Inclusion is a heavily modified and tailored version of the RCIA for baptized candidates.
Every class is held in the Parish Life Building (PLB) upstairs in Room 204
Tuesdays, 7:15pm to 8:30pm
March 21 - Qahal: The People of God on Mission
March 28 - Beriyth: Salvation History
April 04 - Cephas: the Role of the Pope and Hierarchy
April 18 - Koinonia: the Role of the Laity in the Kingdom
April 25 - Mysterion: A Sacramental Worldview
May 02 - A Theology of Grace and Beatitude
May 09 - Commandments and Christian Morality
May 16 - Duties of Social Justice
May 23 - Embracing the Theology of the Body
May 28 - Enter the Church at a Sunday Morning Mass
In the final two weeks before you enter the Church, we will prepare you to make your First Reconciliation or Confession. We will teach you how to go to Confession and then encourage you to sign up for a Confession with one of our priests.
You will enter the Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, May 28 (Feast of The Ascension), typically at the 11:00am Mass. You will do a Profession of Faith, receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, and then with you new parish family, you will receive Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. All on the same day!
Inclusion is a unique process offered here at St Anthony's. The name Inclusion acknowledges that you already belong to the Catholic Church by your baptism, we are just including you into the fullness of that Church through the rest of the Sacraments of Initiation. When you study the official Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults you discover there are three categories of those seeking the Catholic Church: those never baptized; those baptized but not practicing; and those who were baptized and have an ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ. For those in this third category, you actually fall into an appendix to the RCIA manual. It says,
Those who have already been baptized in another Church or ecclesial community should not be treated as catechumens or so designated…. Those baptized persons who have lived as Christians and need only instruction in the Catholic tradition and a degree of probation within the Catholic community should not be asked to undergo a full program parallel to the catechumenate.