Never too late to meet Christ
A close friend asked you to become a godfather or godmother?
Are you looking for meaning in your life?
Have you discovered a presence that accompanies you? Is Jesus Christ calling you?
Do you want to be baptized or confirmed?
These are all good reasons to start, alone or with others, on a path to discover who Jesus of Nazareth is, how he can change your life through his presence, his Word, the bread of the Eucharist, and how the Christian community is much more than the Mass.
A personalized journey
From the age of 15 onwards , all those who express an interest in being baptized are welcomed into the Catechumenate journey.
Support throughout this journey is both individual and communal.
Your journey will prepare you for initiation into the Christian faith and life, which will lead you towards becoming a "catechumen".
Each journey is different
The length of the catechumenate is determined according to the liturgical calendar of the current year and varies from one person to another. This difference is quite normal, as the duration depends on one’s inner disposition and pace of discovery and personal progress.
After a while, one knows that one is ready to celebrate the sacraments of Christian initiation.
Baptism is normally at Easter, to mark the link between baptism and one’s faith in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. It is usually followed by confirmation and the Eucharist (first communion) in the same celebration. Confirmation can also be celebrated a few weeks later.
The newly baptized person will then be invited to continue his growth in faith along with other people who are on a similar journey in the Christian community or through various other activities.
But mostly, he/she will be invited to journey with the One he/she has discovered ...
- Personalized spiritual accompaniment.
- Group Catechetical education of catechumens and those wishing to be confirmed.
- Training for accompanyists.
It was only after a few meetings with Lucille that I realized that I had faith. I realized that God is always near us. He listens to us, he advises us, he loves us and helps us to remain faithful to ourselves.
I believe that his greatest wish is that we be happy, regardless of our profession, the car we drive, the size of our home or the amount of money we earn each year. The important thing is to love our life, to help our neighbor and especially to listen to each other.
I particularly liked an activity on moral discernment and the Christian conscience that had been proposed to us. This activity asked us to analyze a situation that affected us personally and where we had to make a choice. For the exercise, I chose my career as several choices were available to me and I had to take a decision.
What fascinated me about this story was that deep down, I really knew what I wanted. I was just afraid. Afraid of making the wrong choice, afraid of disappointing others, afraid to fail, afraid of what others would think. That is when it is very important to listen to the Holy Spirit, that inner voice that will allow you to move forward while remaining true to yourself.