Being a Sponsor for RCIA

by Trish Parnham

I have to say that my journey with the Emmaus Road R.C.I.A. was both unexpected and surprising. But most of all it was a great blessing.  This journey began in November when Mary Catherine asked me if I would like to be a part of the “Breaking Open the Word” team. This involved leading the candidates and catechumens in a discussion on the Sunday readings. We would leave the Mass after the homily and spend time discussing what the readings were teaching us and how these insights applied to each of our lives.

I began to discover that each  time I was involved with these discussions I became more aware of a developing love of these individuals who had committed themselves to this R.C.I.A. process.  The next part of this journey for me came  in the New Year when I was asked to step in as a sponsor for a delightful young woman, Carly, who was in her final year of studies at Western.

For me this was an unexpected  blessing. The commitment and dedication that Carly had for this R.C.I.A process, despite her heavy work load at school, was incredibly inspiring for me.  This time that I spent with Carly, the catechumens and candidates, as well as the wonderful Emmaus Road team , ignited in me a deeper  love of our Catholic faith. I feel I received much more than I gave.

To our new Catholics – well done! Your journey is just beginning. It’s time to jump in and be a part of this faith community that you have been welcomed into. Your life will never be the same! With God, every day is an adventure!

Many blessings to all of you!

Grateful. Fulfilled. Energized. Lucky. Eager.

These are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of my journey to becoming Catholic. Grateful for the relationships I have developed and will continue to build. Fulfilled because of the development in my character and overall joy I feel when I attend Mass now. Energized because of the new spark that has been lit inside of me. Lucky to have a family and partner who support me and allow me to follow my heart. And eager to further my understanding of the faith and develop my love for God.

I have been part of the RCIA process since September and couldn’t have imagined what it would end up doing for me. I was scared, curious, and to be honest, a little hesitant as to what was in store for me. Today though, I feel a sense of purpose. I feel like something inside me has been brought to life and that a hole I didn’t even know was there has been filled. I don’t think I have ever felt as honored as I did when I stood with my new friends in faith at the Easter Vigil after our Baptism.

This journey is one I’ve wanted to be part of for years now and to say I’m proud of myself is an understatement. Getting up weekly in front of strangers and sharing my thoughts during Breaking Open the Word, regularly attending church, and challenging myself and my mind has made me a stronger, calmer, and more compassionate person. I know now that whatever I was searching for, I have found- and that is something I will be forever grateful for.

Thank you to St. George’s Parish for this opportunity. Thank you to Mary Catherine, Father John, and Father Pedro for your unwavering support and encouragement. Thank you to the Team who volunteered their time to teach, challenge and enlighten me.

Thank you to the other members for the laughs, conversation, and friendships.
And thank you to my best friend and partner in life- Mike; for being my sponsor and for reminding me everyday why sharing a love in Faith is so special.