Becoming a Member of St. Anthony's Parish…
Randy Lallkissoon was a catechumen in the RCIA process of our parish during the past year and was fully received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. We asked Randy to share some thoughts about his experiences:
Becoming a member of St. Anthony’s parish has given me the opportunity to both develop and mend my relationship with God. One of the most important things I learned from the RCIA process is how important it is for us to recognize the spiritual necessity of having something to believe in. Whether we like it or not, we are all going to have some good days and some bad days; how we deal with those bad days depends on how spiritually strong we are. I’m proud of being a Catholic and being part of St. Anthony’s Community because this is where I have found my true calling. This is where I have truly learned about who I am and what my beliefs are. I have found something I believe in, and I hope and pray that everyone does find something they believe in. Having something to believe in gives me the hope and drive that I need to live each and every day of my life.
I’ll admit that there have been times in my life when I found myself doubting my religion and my faith because of where my life was going. I feel that we all go through this once in a while, and I personally think it’s healthy to do so. Everyone at some point in their lives is going to have their faith tested. We don’t always get our prayers answered or get what we want, but we should always remember that things really do happen for a reason. My actual Baptism is over, but I’m still learning. In fact, I think I will always be learning each and every day. And as for beginning this process not knowing what to expect, I have to remember to keep trusting in the seen and unseen, in the visible and invisible. My Baptism and the process leading up to it surely ignited a light in me, but it is my duty to both remember to trust in what is simply all around me, everyday. This goes for any age and every person, be it a second grader making their first Communion or a pastor celebrating his fifty year anniversary serving in the Church. I remember once having lunch in the mall with a few friends and some family members and my little cousin asked a very important question: “What is the Holy Spirit?” I knelt down to her eye level and asked her to look around her.
“There’s the Holy Spirit,” I said. “It’s everywhere.”