By David Cooley.
Father Michael Comer, pastor, Mother of God Parish, Covington, will be offering, for the next two years, a new series of talks entitled, “Know Your Faith — An RCIA for Catholics.” The sessions begin Aug. 22, at Mother of God Church, and will continue each Thursday, offered at two different times — 11 a.m. and then repeated at 6:30 p.m. The two-year series will take a thorough look at four major aspects of the Catholic faith — doctrine (the Creed), worship (the sacraments), morality (the 10 Commandments) and prayer (the “Our Father”). All are welcome to attend, learn more and deepen their faith. Admission is free.
Calling it an “RCIA for Catholics,” Father Comer is hoping that believers not only learn more about the faith but also the reasons why Catholics believe what they believe. Father Comer has been teaching in speaker series format for over 20 years and he said that this is an ideal platform to increase understanding.
“I see so many people leaving the Catholic Church. I understand that there are a lot of good reasons why people are upset with the Church and disenchanted with the Church. However, if they really understood what the Catholic Church is and what we believe, it would be much more difficult for them to leave,” said Father Comer. “They would recognize the beauty of the Church and the truth of the Church.”
According to Father Comer, Catholics are woefully uninformed about what the Catholic Church actually believes and teaches.
“They don’t know why the Church teaches what it does and they certainly don’t understand what difference these beliefs make in their lives,” he said. “I want to try and help them to grow in their understanding so that they can live their Catholic faith more fully, be more equipped to withstand attacks on the faith, and be confident to hand on the faith to their children and others.”
The series of talks is open to anyone and everyone, Father Comer said. It is for anyone who recognizes a need to understand their faith better, and it is also for anyone who is questioning their faith or doubting their faith.
“My hope is that, if there are people out there who are really struggling with their faith and their membership in the Church, they will come and that this will help them to see some good reasons why they might choose to stay,” he said.
Father Comer presented a series like this about 10 years ago at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Burlington, and he believes that there is a renewed need for this type of program in the present climate.
While it is a two-year series, there will be some exceptions to the weekly schedule — considering holidays, retreats, etc. — a schedule will be made available online. Father Comer will be using the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults during the series. Everyone is encouraged to bring a copy of the U.S. catechism, but it is not required. Attendees are encouraged to come when they can — if they miss a session it is no big deal; if they’d like to catch up, each session will be recorded and made available on the parish’s website.
The first series of talks will present the doctrinal teaching of the Church, using the Nicene Creed as the outline for studying teachings. If you are unable to attend in person, sessions will be streamed live on http://www.mother-of-god.org. For more information, call (859) 291-2288.