Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The RCIA or “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults” is “A Journey of Faith” and “A Process of Conversion.” The essence of Christianity is the experience of grace, the experience of the Presence of God in Our Midst, a personal encounter with the person of Jesus Christ, the experience of God’s love, God’s forgiveness, God’s caring manifested or made “touchable” in our service to one another. This Journey of Faith includes not only periods for making inquiry and for maturing, but also the steps marking the catechumens’ progress, as you pass, so to speak through another doorway or take the next step to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.
The RCIA journey is a serious commitment for all concerned, thus the parish waits until we have at least three candidates who are ready to inquire about the Christian faith. Sessions begin in October and continue until Easter, with a break for Christmas. We meet once per week for roughly two hours usually on a weekday evening. If you:
(1) Have never been Baptized and would like to explore the Catholic Faith?
(2) Were Baptized in another Christian tradition and would like to see what the Catholic Church has to offer you?
(3) Were Baptized Catholic but never received the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation?
(4) Have received the sacraments but were never able to participate in any formal religious education?
(5) Have an interest in supporting the participants as a sponsor?
Taking part in this process carries no obligation to join the Catholic Church, receive the sacraments or make any other commitment. Those decisions are highly personal and made only after careful study, reflection and prayer.