Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Summary for RCIA

Tonight, I helped out the Chinese RCIA @ CC. I gave them a talk on Jesus Christ. And I drew tables to summarize the class. I also included the English tables for the English RCIA participants @ St. Pats....

 

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INCARNATION

What?

The Son of God became Man
Why? To Save Us (the name "Jesus" means "God saves")
How? By the power of the Holy Spirit, 
born of the Virgin Mary
Who? Jesus (1 Person, 
2 Natures: God & Man)
When? Annunciation Day (Feast: March 25) & Christmas Day (Feast: December 25)
Where? Nazareth & Bethlehem

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Jesus is our

Prophet                King                         Priest

(Teach)                (Govern)               (Make Holy)


Some Essential Teachings of Christ 
Believe Behave Pray
Trinity Love Our Father
Jesus is God Cross Qualities of Good Prayer: Persevere, Humility, Trust, Love
Church 8 Beatitudes 7 Sacraments


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Redemption

What ? Christ dies for our sins
Why ? To save us
The Cross teaches us:
1. God loves us
2. the horrors of sin
3. The example to follow
How ? Suffered, Died, Rose on the 3rd Day
Who ? Jesus (God & Man)
When ? Good Friday (conquered sin), Easter Sunday (conquered death)
Where ? Calvary, the Garden

**** For the English RCIA of St. Pats, here are the summaries on the CHURCH....

Both the words "church" & "school" can refer to both people & building. The school has 2 groups of people: teachers & students. The Church also has 2 groups of people: clergy & faithful. Students learn from teachers & the faithful learn from the clergy. The head of the school is the principal & the head of the Church is the Pope.

The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ. Christ is the Head of the Body, we are the members. Our Lady is the neck that connect us with Jesus. The Soul of the Church is the Holy Spirit, and the Life of the Church is Grace. Christ gave life to the Church by dying on the Cross on Good Friday. The Blood & Water from the Heart of Jesus is the source of Grace, the Life of the Church. Christ gave the Church her Soul on Pentecost Sunday when He send the Holy Spirit.

The Church continues to saving works of Christ byteaching, making holy and ruling.

The Church

What ? The Mystical Body of Christ
Why ? To bring all people to Heaven (Salvation)
How ? By the power of the Holy Spirit
Who ? Jesus (Head) & us (members)
When ? Good Friday & Pentecost Sunday
Where ? Calvary & Jerusalem

The 4 Marks of the Church are:

1. One (one in Faith, Sacrifice, Sacramental System & Head)

2. Holy (Holy Founder: Jesus, holy teachings, means to holiness & holy members: saints) 

3. Catholic (universal: include people from all time & place; preach to all nations all the truths)

4. Apostolic (founded on the Apostles; Teachings & Sacramental came down from the Apostles; Governed by lawful successors of the Apostles, i.e. Bishops)

The 3 attributes of the Catholic Church:

Authority

Infallibility

Indefectibility

Authority: The mother church of the diocese is the "Cathedral". The word "cathedral" came from the word "cathedra". It is a Greek word means "a seat of authority". It is the seat of the Bishop. When a new Bishop is installed he is usually led by the Papal Nuncio or Apostolic Delegate to the throne. The authority of the Bishop ties up with the authority of the Pope.

 

Infallibility: The Pope's decisions are infallible when all of the 4 conditions are fulfilled:

1. The Pope must speak as Vicar of Christ.

2. He must show clearly that he is speaking infallibly; he does this when he uses such phrases aswe define or we proclaim.

3. He must be treating of matters of faith or morals.

4. He must make it plain that he intends to bind the whole Church.

Indefectibility:

"Have confidence, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33)

"the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:19)

"I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world" (Mat. 28:20)

"You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be witnesses for me in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and even to the very ends of the earth" (Acts 1:7)

Although there have been many persecutions against the Church, the Church is still standing today, and it will stand until the end of time.