Welcome New Catholics!

Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church welcomes new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  During Lent, we will share a bit of our candidates and catechumens' journey so you can get to know them and greet them at Mass. 

Welcome Brian Kalisher!  If you see Brian and his wife Jamie at Mass, please give them a friendly, hearty welcome.  Be sure to ask Brian to tell you about how Bishop Barron played a role in his conversion. 

People who know me would tell you that I am the last person they expected to be “religious,” much less discover and join the Catholic faith. That is what makes my journey to Catholicism so surprising, even for me. I was raised in a very reformed Jewish family. We followed the “attend services on major holidays twice per year” plan. When I was 13, I had a Bar Mitzvah like many of my friends, checked the box, and never went back. I spent the rest of my teen and early adult years identifying as agnostic. My worldview could be summed up as “There may be a God, probably not, but can we talk about this later? The football game is on.” I couldn’t be bothered with “religion” – and wasn’t that just outdated, superstitious stuff anyway? I could not have been more wrong.  Now, approaching my 33rd birthday, I am convinced of the truth and beauty of Catholicism, relieved to have found RCIA and the great people at St. Michael’s, and excited for my family’s future in the faith."

To read more about Brian’s journey please see this week's Sunday Bulletin >