BECOMING CATHOLIC

“Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst;

the water I shall give will become in him

a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

 

John 4:14

 

 

St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430 A.D.) eloquently described the relentless human quest for God: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

 

The Catholic Church believes that the meaning and purpose of life are found in Jesus Christ: “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). The Catholic Church also believes that the fullness of Christ resides in its doctrine, sacraments, and moral teachings.

 

All who are searching for greater happiness and purpose are invited to explore the Catholic faith. For those who wish to join the Church, a period of prayer, learning, and preparation, called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), is available.

 

For those who are already baptized in another Christian denomination, preparation to enter the Catholic Church normally lasts from six months to a year. For persons who are unbaptized, the Catholic Church requires a preparation of at least two years.

 

The work used in classes is the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, which may be purchased online, along with the Catholic Bible. The current schedule can be accessed here

For more information, contact Kevin Corcoran, the Coordinator of Evangelization and Sacramental Preparation

(kcorcoran@saintbenedictparish.org).

Daily Mass
Tuesday—Thursday: 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.
First Friday: 5:30 p.m.
Weekend Mass
Saturday: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. (In English with the 
Ordinary of the Mass in Latin)
Confession
Thursday: 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 4:00 p.m.

Bishop Knestout encourages anyone aware of sexual abuse of minors on the part of clergy or staff of the Diocese of Richmond to notify civil authorities by calling the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064, and then contacting the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Jennifer Sloan at 1-877-887-9603.