The readings during Easter Time portray the passing on of the faith
as people journeyed with one another and broke bread together. We hear, of course, of
Jesus walking with the disciples on the way to Emmaus but also of Barnabas befriending
Saul so that he could join. At these times, the one passing on the faith is not only
catechizing but accompanying the other, learning about that person's hopes and struggles.
In the article "On a Journey Together: Accompanying Others to Faith," Matthew Halbach shows
the importance of relationship in handing on the faith. Parish staff will want to share this
article with all who work in faith formation.
Rev. Ronald Patrick Raab,CSC, reacalls the journeys of those who approach
the baptismal font as he reflects on the Blessing of the Baptismal Water in his article
"Leaving Behind the Old, Embracing a Spirit-Filled Life." This prayer, he states, is an
invitation to no longer search for God alone. All that a person has been through is
embedded in the dying and rising of Christ.
Many people who journey to the Catholic Church do so decades after their Baptism.
Parishes struggle with the question of when to receive these Christians into the full
communion of the Catholic Church, often while trying to resolve what may seem to be
contradictory directives. In "Receiving Candidates," Gael Gensler,OSF,
examines this question and its considerations in light of the Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults. Parish staff will want to discuss this article together.
As liturgical documents continue to be translated, the principles of translation
remain the same. However, as Rev. Paul Turner writes, Pope Francis' motu proprio
Magnum principium affects lines of authority. In "With Motu Proprio, Discussions
on Translations to Be More Local," Turner states that, in the future, the bishops'
conferences will address translation concerns directly—and retain authority over the
Unfortunately, many in our parishes do not know of the richness of the Easter Vigil
liturgy. Kathy Kuczka takes parishioners through the liturgy of the Vigil in the downloadable
article "A Night That Transforms." She writes that, at the fire, we see the glow of God in the
faces of the elect; during the readings, we hear of salvation history; before the Baptism, we
call on the saints; and at the Eaucharist, we acknowledge that we are to be with one another in
new ways. Making this piece a part of your catechesis on the Triduum will help your parishioners
find out about this night that transforms.
The Triduum should be part of the formation of children, Living Our Faith author Kathryn Ball-Boruff
stresses in "The Triduum Is for Children, Too." The author notes that children respond to the signs of
the faith evident during this liturgy. Directors of religious education will want to be sure that all
parents receive this faith formation piece.
Finally the article on the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ 2018 focuses on the many
types of formation that are part of the Christian Initiation process.
May your Triduum and Easter Time be blessed.
Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
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