Saturday , August 16, 2014 - 12:00 AM
OGDEN -- Anyone interested in exploring the process of becoming Catholic is invited to attend a meeting of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults class at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
The next meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the basement of the church in the social center.
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is located at 514 24th Street in Ogden.
Regular attendance at such meetings is the path to become a member of the church for anyone over the age of 7, said Diana Hanebrink, coordinator of the St. Jospeh’s program.
“It’s not a quick fix. It takes a little while,” she said of the program. “Bishops in the U.S. have said they want folks to experience a full litergical year.”
She said what that requirement means is that a person attending the program will need to stick with their efforts through a second Easter from the time they start in order to receive the sacraments of initiation, which are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
“We are trying to model what it’s like to be Catholic,” Hanebrink said. “When we have the entire litergical year, it gives us a chance to help them know what it’s like to be Catholic all the year long and not just at this time.”
The coordinator said the meetings are not lectures. Those who attend play an integral part of how the meetings play out.
“We like to have give and take between our team and the ones that are seeking, the inquirers,” Hanebrink said. “We want them to ask those questions. We want them to be in small group discussions. We want them to break up so that everyone can talk. ... If you can talk about it in a small group, that makes it personal. You can say the so what.”
Hanebrink said participants may call her ahead of time so they can know what to expect or they can meet with her personally after they attend for guideance.
“I can find out where they are coming from, what their history has been and what has brought them to this stage in their lives,” she said.
But she said people shouldn’t wait for a new year or a new group of people in the group to start.
“Whenever the Holy spirit moves somebody, we want them to come right now,” she said. “We just have an open door anytime someone is interested in coming in.”
She said attending the program is the difference beteen thinking about becoming Catholic and actually doing something.
“That’s the Holy Spirit at work,” she said.
Registration may be done on-line at www.stjosephogden.org or call Hanebrink at 801-476-1264.
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