Saturday, November 26, 2011

Looking ahead

Today marks a special beginning for a special group of
people in St. Bernard’s. Some are seeking three
of the seven sacraments: baptism, confirmation
and Eucharist — full communion with the church.
(Credit: American Catholic)
By Father Perry D. Leiker

A new year of faith begins today. We begin a new church year of growing in Christ together as disciples of the Lord.

To begin again is a wonderful thing, allowing us to renew, recommit, and clarify where we are going and how we hope to get there. This is also a special beginning for a special group of people at St. Bernard’s. Some are seeking baptism, confirmation and Eucharist — full communion with the church.

Others, though baptized, are seeking, through confirmation and Eucharist, to complete their initiation sacraments and to live in full communion with the church. Through the RCIA, the members of this community allow us to welcome them and celebrate each step of progress along this journey of faith. Today, we welcome them and acknowledge their participation in this process. Today, we bless their senses and their body and spirit as they take their first step to belonging with us. As they desire and seek full communion with great anticipation, we hopefully see in their desire the great gift we already have.

Hopefully, through them, we thank God for his great love and acceptance.

Hopefully, we rejoice in who we have become in Christ Jesus and for that reason, begin again by renewing, recommitting, and clarifying the ongoing journey of faith — full communion with God and with one another!

Father Perry D. Leiker is St. Bernard parish administrator. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112.

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