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Whether you’re getting ready for your Sacrament of Confirmation or you’re just not quite sure what a Confirmation name is, this episode is for you!
Whether you’re thinking about joining the RCIA or just want to better understand what the program is all about, this episode is for you!
Find out the best locations to check out in Richmond this summer in the latest episode of The Josh Greesonbach Show!
What are your favorite Richmond summer locations?
So in case you hadn’t noticed… it’s summer! Awwww yeah!!
I have to say that I am pretty darn pleased to look at the calendar and find this to be the case.
What are your plans for the summer?
About that. Things are still up in the air, but here are a few things I have on my docket:
– Joshua Wake rises again! I’ve found that my artistic side seems to move in phases. Summer is definitely my musical time. When I play music at other times during the year, I actually think about summer to get myself pumped up for the performance! So with my musical side merging into the fast lane, I already have a number of shows lined up. One of the most awesome is an event with the Ronald McDonald House! Another is a 4th of July race in Harrisonburg, Va. I played the same race last year and really enjoyed it. It’s awesome to go back to the town where I went to college (go Dukes!) and perform. That makes me feel kinda awesome.
I’m also going to take my music back to the streets for a little old school busking on Cary Street starting next week.
– Part-time Job. I’m currently trying to nail this one down. Something local, not a chain would be nice. Maybe a coffee shop. Maybe a library. I’ll let you know when something works out with this.
– Daily Mass. I love attending daily mass. I would do it every day if I could. So I’m hoping that I can find a part-time job that will allow me to attend mass when it’s offered throughout the week… and also give me enough time to do my artistic stuff.
– Write. My wife and I are still working on our first Young Adult novel. It’s about two friends who believe they witness a murder on Halloween night, but are made to believe that what they saw was all part of the show at a Halloween attraction. They have to get to the bottom of what really happened before the killer (if indeed he really is a killer) gets them!We spent a lot of time working on it last summer, but haven’t done much with it since (remember I said that my artistic side moves in phases? Well, hers does too!).
I recently decided to go back to the very beginning of the book (essentially throwing out much of our work) so that I can get a handle on the increasingly intricate story-line. We broke the book up and each worked on different parts of it. But in all of the divvying up of tasks, it was hard to figure out what the overall story was. It became overwhelming and contributed to me staying away from the project. So now I’m going back and working through the story because I really like the story and the characters and I want to be able to know what’s going on in the book as I work on it!
– Movie Making. Last summer I made two short films. One is a funny, scary movie called Creature from the Black Laguna Beach. The other is about the three most famous urban legends at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond Virginia. I don’t have any movie projects planned, but I have been considering returning to Hollywood Cemetery and making another documentary that shows me in it, talking directly to the viewer (the documentary I have already produced is video and pictures with me doing a voice-over).
So that’s a quick look at what I’m up to this summer.
What are you up to this summer?
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Summer 2013 is fully underway, so make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the seasons best offerings.
Do yourself a favor and visit Maymont. Whether you’re a regular to the grounds or a newcomer, Maymont is always a pleasant visit. Their expansive grounds, exotic animals and lush vegetation give you the sense that you are walking through a movie. And be sure to follow one of their maps and visit the Japanese Garden which is hidden just a bit off of the regular path – it has become my personal favorite area at Maymont.
Hollywood Cemetery is one of the largest, most beautiful cemeteries in all of the United States. It contains multiple U.S. Presidents and several graves relating to the Civil War. The gorgeous views aside, perhaps the most fun thing about Hollywood Cemetery are its urban legends. The expansive cemetery is rumored to house a fair share of ghosts, both human and animal, and there is even a story that a vampire lives behind the cemetery’s gates.
One of the best ways to spend a summer afternoon is on a couch or a comfortable chair in a coffee shop, reading, working on something or just taking a moment to yourself. Though it’s hard to go wrong finding a coffee shop to help you relax, there are a couple that you should check out to maximize your relaxation.
Carytown Coffee, located in Midlothian, has the most delicious coffee in the area. And the environment in their shop feels very authentically coffee shop, with its soft couches, quirky artwork and used books for sale.
If, however, you’re in the Short Pump area, stop in to Daily Grind for their solid coffee and bright-red decorations. The overall feel of the Daily Grind is rather rustic, and they feature beautiful artwork from local artists of local scenes.
Be sure to get out and visit these awesome locations in Richmond this summer!
What’s your favorite thing to do during the summer in Richmond?
If you’re considering joining the Catholic Church, you’ve probably heard about a thing called RCIA and have plenty of questions about it. Question like: what is RCIA? Is RCIA something that all people must go through in order to join the Catholic Church? How long does RCIA last? And what’s RCIA like?
Well, let’s set you straight on the topic of RCIA, so that you’ll be ready to join the group – or simply understand it better.
First thing, let’s nail down what RCIA is. RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It’s the program that takes adults from the point where they either are completely new to the faith or have been around the faith, but never fully came into communion with the Church up to the point where they enter fully into the Catholic Church.
Is RCIA Required to Join the Catholic Church?
Yes, and here’s why. The Catholic Church wants for you to understand what you are saying when you ask to join. Because the Church is more than, well, a church (it’s a whole lifestyle!) we want for you to understand what the Catholic lifestyle is and why you will love it!
How Long Does RCIA Last?
It depends on your diocese and parish. Typically, RCIA lasts for somewhere around one or two years. Now, sometimes people will go through the program, depending on their parish, within a few months because they are what we consider highly catechized.
A person is highly catechized if they understand Catholic teaching and would, essentially, be learning things that they already know if we asked them to sit through a year or two of classes.
Now, even if you are highly catechized, your parish may ask you to attend classes for a year or two because they want to be absolutely certain that you understand what you are doing when you become Catholic. But don’t worry, RCIA is fun!
RCIA typically meets once a week for a couple of hours.
What’s RCIA Like?
RCIA experiences differ greatly between parishes. Some are more academic, others are more emotional; it really depends on who is at the head of your program. Sometimes it’s a priest or priests. Other times it’s volunteers or church employees.
Because of this, it’s a good idea for you to look into your different local parish’s RCIA experiences and find one that meshes well with you learning style.
Before you officially join the RCIA, your parish will most likely have you go through a process called inquiry within which you meet with someone (perhaps a small group) once a week for a few weeks and you simply ask him/her/them any and all questions that you can come up with about Catholicism.
After inquiry, you’ll join the big group and off you’ll go, learning about all the fundamental tenets of Catholicism. Over the months, you’ll undergo various Rites that bring you, step-by-step, closer to officially joining the Church at your parish’s Easter Vigil.
I hope this has helped to demystify RCIA and that you contact your local parish to further look into the program. I wish you a happy, fruitful RCIA experience!
Have you been through RCIA? If so, what was your RCIA experience like?
Whether you’re coming into full communion with the Church or you’re just not sure what a Confirmation name is, this article is for you. So, what is a confirmation name?
Read on to find out what a confirmation name is, what one means in the life of a Catholic, and how to pick one.
What is a Confirmation Name?
So let’s start with an explanation as to what a confirmation name is. A confirmation name is, well, a name that you select at the time that you take the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The Sacrament of Confirmation means that you are taking the promises made by your parents at your baptism (if you were baptized when you were a baby) and saying for yourself that you want to be a part of the Church.
If you were baptized as an adult, then you will typically be baptized and take the Sacrament of Confirmation, all during the Easter Vigil.
So what does a name have to do with that? Well, your confirmation is a sort of interaction between yourself and the Church.
Before your confirmation, you may have been attending Masses and doing things such as praying before meals or saying the Holy Rosary because someone in your life was asking for you to – probably your Mom or Dad.
What Does the Sacrament of Confirmation Mean?
But after your confirmation, you have taken it upon yourself to do those things as well as others; in the Sacrament of Confirmation, you have said of your own volition that you want to be a part of the Church, and part of being a member of the Church means that your intentions are focused on Jesus and trying to live life the way that God wants for us to.
But that act of standing up and asserting yourself as a member of the Church calls for you to take on a new name. When you were born, your parents gave you a name – you didn’t have a say in the matter.
But at the point that you’re being confirmed, you do. You are in charge of your life and your faith, so it makes sense that you select your own name to go along with your new identity as a member of the Church.
Selecting Your Confirmation Name
For your Confirmation Name, you select the name of a saint who you would like to model your life after. There really is no bad saint’s name to choose because they’re all saints!
And that’s an important thing to keep in mind: your confirmation name must be the name of a saint; it can’t simply be any name in the bible. That’s because there are plenty of people in the Bible who you wouldn’t want to follow in their footsteps – Judas and Pontius Pilate, for example.
What Do You Do With a Confirmation Name?
Now some people actually add their confirmation name to their full name and place it in between their middle name and their last name.
For others, their confirmation name is something that they keep to themselves and hold it in their heart as a part of their personal faith that they don’t really share with others.
Does Everyone Take a Confirmation Name?
For some people, they actually don’t take confirmation names. Because of this, it’s a good idea for you to speak with your RCIA Sponsor and the head of your RCIA program to find out what their policies are towards confirmation names and when you’ll need to have chosen yours (whether it be a few weeks before your Sacrament of Confirmation or at the very time when you are going through the Sacrament).