Adults become members of the church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Relics are divided into three classes: first class – a part of the person’s body, for example blood, hair or bones; second class – an article touched by the person or touched directly to part of his or her body; and third class – something touched by a saint.
“Good efforts always change three persons. It changes the person who benefits. It changes the donor because the individual becomes generous and is never the same. It changes you and me when we ask someone in the right way,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky.
"Evangelizing presupposes a desire in the church to come out of herself," he had told the cardinals just days before the conclave that elected him. "The church is called to come out of herself and to go to the peripheries, not only geographically, but also the existential peripheries: the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, of ignorance and indifference to religion, of intellectual currents and of all misery."
A festive evening of faith, fellowship and fun garnered $240,000 to help those in need, as 451 faithful, the second highest attendance in the gala’s history, gathered for the 11th Annual Catholic Charities Gala March 4 at DeSales University, Center Valley.