CLAWSON — If everything had gone as planned, Stephanie Lang would have become a full member of the Catholic Church at Guardian Angels Parish in Clawson during the Easter Vigil.
However, because of the 10-week suspension of in-person Masses in the Archdiocese of Detroit, Lang and countless other candidates and catechumens have received one extra lesson since completing their RCIA journeys: patience.
Despite the disappointment and yearning to receive Communion, Lang’s delayed entrance into the Catholic Church has come with some unique blessings, she said, allowing her to fall even more deeply in love with her newfound faith.
Lang began her RCIA journey in 2018, but when the time came to be baptized into the Catholic Church at the 2019 Easter Vigil, she didn’t feel ready. She was still drawn to the Church, however, and as a young woman, she found herself searching for a religion.
Her initial interaction with the Catholic faith as a teenager didn’t click, but when it was time to send her daughter Makenzie to school, she chose Guardian Angels. When Mackenzie, now 9 years old, began the process to receive her first Communion, Lang decided to enter RCIA.
Now, during quarantine, Stephanie and Makenzie have been working together through both Makenzie’s religious homework and Lang’s readings and RCIA resources.
“She actually loves (her faith), which warms my heart,” Lang said. “She has seen me coming from knowing absolutely nothing.”
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