Warm Welcome into Full Communion!
Inscribed in the booklet for Mass on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at Holy Family Home, was the quote from St. Catherine of Siena:
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire!”
These words shed light on the occasion. It was the Celebration of the Rite of Reception into Full Communion of the Roman Catholic Church for our Director of Nursing, Lisa Dorrin. Lisa was “coming home to Rome!” Already a baptized Christian, she made her decision, after careful thought under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to profess the Catholic faith with our community. She would be confirmed in this faith through the sacrament of Confirmation and, in this faith, she would be one with us for the first time at the Eucharistic table of the Lord Jesus, the sign of the Church’s unity. Lisa had chosen “Catherine” for her Confirmation name in honor of St. Catherine of Siena, Patron of Nurses. Lisa was convinced that a Roman Catholic was who God meant her to be, so St. Catherine’s words were for her a personal challenge—set the world on fire with His Love!
Of course, our Extended Family of Staff, Residents, and Little Sisters rejoiced to welcome Lisa into full communion and to prayerfully support her now on her new mission to “set the world on fire!” Lisa’s own family members and friend were also happy to share the joy of the day and to join in the élan.
Our Chaplain, Rev. James Sullivan, had accompanied Lisa throughout the process of study and prayer according to the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.) He graciously presided the Rite of Reception. In his homily, Father Sullivan expressed his awareness of acting in the person of Christ. Father recalled St. Catherine of Siena saying to Our Lord: “You have fallen in love with us!” So indeed, it was Jesus lovingly receiving Lisa into His Church, anointing her with His Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation, and nourishing her with His Body and Blood in her First Holy Communion, through the intermediary of his priest. We say that Lisa embraces the faith. Embracing is a sign of love. Likewise, as in marriage, Lisa would respond “I do” to the questions addressed to her in the Rite. Now, we as Lisa’s Family in the Faith must advance together in His Love, so “They’ll know we are Christians by our love!”