Asking Questions/Inquiry

The RCIA program, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is designed to help anyone wishing to become Catholic through a path of prayer, study and reflection about the Catholic faith and God’s love for us.  This year we are opening the classes to current Catholics who wish to learn about the process and/or have questions about the faith.  Please join us in September and bring someone who may benefit from this program. If you can’t make it yourself please continue to pray for God’s blessing this year on all those who embark on this wonderful journey.  For more info please contact Irma Vasquez, 503-648-1998 ext. 246 or IVasquez@stmatthewhillsboro.org.

Do you have questions about the Jesus Christ, and the Catholic Christian faith?

WELCOME to OUR CHURCH HOME

Many non-Catholic adults pray with us at St. Matthew Catholic Church or are involved with Catholics who are active in their faith. Questions may arise for you that are too intimate or deeply rooted for you, your spouse, loved ones or co-worker to discuss fully. Some may simply come to gain understanding and information and choose not to become Catholic.  Others have come to discover the Catholic faith in profound ways, yet are still unsure if this is the community for them.

All are welcome to drop on by and ask questions about the Catholic Christian faith in a low-key, no-commitment setting every Thursday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Pastoral Center.  Carl, a father and member of our community, listens to people’s concerns, answer questions, and discuss the Catholic Christian faith.  You do not have to register for classes, and all are welcome.  Here at St. Matthew’s we have had a diverse array of people drop on by: Atheists, Agnostics, Protestant Christians, non-practicing Catholics, and Catholics interested in preparing for 1st Communion.  If you just want to begin to learn about the Christian Catholic faith and do not have questions yet, Carl often prepares a little talk.  If folks do not have questions, he gives the lesson. 

WHAT KINDS OF QUESTIONS DO PEOPLE ASK?

  • Is there really a God? Who is Jesus?
  • How can I learn to pray?  How do I use my Bible?
  • How are Catholic Christians different from Protestant Christians?
  • Why do Catholics honor Mary and the saints?
  • Why does God permit evil on Earth?  Is s there an answer to our suffering?
  • What is sin?
  • And how can I learn to forgive? How can I find peace?

I AM BAPTIZED, BUT NEVER HAD 1ST COMMUNION OR CONFIRMATION?

If you were baptized as a Catholic but never received any faith formation and never received the remainder of the sacraments of initiation (i.e., Confirmation/and Eucharist) this is the process for you as well.  This is the first step on your spiritual journey preparing for First Communion and Confirmation. We encourage Baptized Catholics to begin their faith journey by asking those questions that most interest them and learning how to grow in a relationship with Christ. 

STOPPED GOING TO CHURCH, MAY I ATTEND? 

Yes, of course!  Inquiry and RCIA provide wonderful reviews of the basics of the Catholic Faith.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Questions! Feel free to bring a Bible and Catechism, if you already own them.  If not, no worries please just join us.

WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP AFTER ATTENDING INQUIRY FOR A TIME?

There is no time requirement assigned to the period of Inquiry.  If a person attends begins to know about Jesus Christ, Scripture, and Salvation, they may decide that they want to enter more formal preparation process to join Catholic Church.  When a person has accepted the saving power of Christ in their life, they are formally welcomed in the Rite of Election by St. Matthew’s community at a Sunday Mass, and they will then enter a program called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).  This program has weekly classes with fellowship, service projects, guest speakers, and reading assignments that cover the basics of the Catholic Christian faith.  Participants are challenged to live according to all that Jesus’s commandment us (Matthew 28: 20).  More information can be found at RCIA Program.

 

ONLINE RESOURCES

The Word of God

Daily Mass Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/011614.cfm\

The Bible: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/_INDEX.HTM

 

Questions and Answers about the Catholic Faith

Questions, answers, and forums about Catholicism: www.catholic.com

Catholic Encyclopedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05752c.htm

Thinking about coming back to Catholicism? www.catholicscomehome.org

Talks and articles that explain the Catholic Faith: www.peterkreeft.com

Fr. Robert Barron’s website (Sunday Homilies): www.wordonfire.org

 

Young Adult Resources

St. Matthew and Vicariate Group: http://www.newman.safg.org/

Metropolitan Catholic Fellowship, Portland Area: http://www.mcfpdx.org/

St. Cecilia’s Young Adult Group, Beaverton, OR: http://www.angelfire.com/planet/scya/scya.html

 

Dating, marriage, divorce, and nullity of marriage

Dating and purity resources: www.chastity.com

Dating, Engaged, Marriage and Parenting resources: http://www.foryourmarriage.org/.

Divorced Catholic resources: http://divorcedcatholic.com/

Catholic Women’s Reflections about Single Life, Parenting, and More: www.beautyinbelief.com/

Catholic Mom (Parenting Ideas): http://catholicmom.com/

 

Catholic Bookstores

Our Lady of Peace Retreat House & Bookstore, Beaverton, OR: http://www.olpretreat.org/

Blessings from Heaven, Beaverton, OR: http://www.blessingsfromheaven.org/