Congratulations to our Neophytes!

St. Mary Catholic Community Downtown Royal Oak Congratulations to our Neophytes!Wait, what’s a neophyte? A neophyte is a person newly converted to our Catholic faith. They are a novice or a beginner to living a Catholic lifestyle.

On Saturday, April 15, during the Easter Vigil Mass, five adults (Kate, Josh, Marlena, Alan & Nicole) and one middle schooler (Charlie) were baptized into the Catholic faith and three adults (Eric, Lisa & Alison) came into full communion of the Catholic church and three adults (Jordan, Elisabeth & Sarah) completed their sacraments of initiation. We are so blessed to have them a part of our Catholic family!


 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17


 Our neophytes truly have new life in Christ in the Roman Catholic Church! They will live a life as beloved children of God and they will walk in a new life according to the nature of the Holy Spirit now living fully inside them. It is truly an exciting and blessed time for them!!

These wonderful individuals, who have participated in the RCIA process at St. Mary since August, serve as a reminder to us all that our salvation is based on our continued relationship with the Holy Trinity. Any relationship worth keeping requires active participation to keep it alive.

May we never take for granted the relationship we have in Christ Jesus. May we do all that is required to nurture our loving relationship with the Lord. And, may our relationship with Jesus compel us to take action and serve as light to others.

Peace be with you!

Christine Wagberg, Pastoral Associate