Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
What is RCIA?
RCIA. is the process for all adults (High School seniors and older) to come into full communion with the Catholic Church. There are three sacraments of initiation into the fullness of faith - Baptism, First Eucharist (first communion), and Confirmation. RCIA is the catechetical (teaching) process to prepare adults to receive these sacraments, plus Reconciliation, to begin their Christian journey in the fullness of the Catholic faith.
WHO IS RCIA FOR?
RCIA is for those who have never been validly baptized (Catechumenate) and are just beginning a journey of Faith. Most likely these are ones who have never been 'churched' in any religion and if they are familiar with a particular religion, it has been on a sporadic or random basis. These will receive all three of the initiation sacraments plus Reconciliation.
RCIA is for those adults who are coming from a non Catholic Faith or Protestant Faith and have already been validly baptized. Most likely these individuals are 'churched' in their particular religion and for a variety of reasons are now wishing to become Catholic. These individuals would be referred to as Candidates and will receive First Eucharist, Confirmation and Reconciliation.
RCIA. is also for those adults who were baptized Catholic and have not received First Communion and/or Confirmation and are in need of completing their initiation into the Faith.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
RCIA starts with an optional catechetical period called Inquiry in May. Inquiry is five sessions on different topics in which the individual is inquiring to see if the Catholic Faith is what they are seeking. It is a period of exploring and discovering what Catholics believe and to discuss some of the differences that exist between Catholicism and some Protestant Faiths. These are planned as an open discussion to encourage your questions. You can review the Inquiry schedule and topics here.
CATECHETICAL (Teaching/Study) PERIOD
In early August, the required catechetical period begins and lasts until Easter when the individual is brought into the Church with the sacraments mentioned above. Each person attending the class will be pared with an active Catholic as their 'Sponsor' to assist them through this journey.
The teaching is framed into 4 parts:
1. Our Faith - What we believe
2. The Sacraments - How we celebrate our Faith
3. Our Life in Christ - How we live out our Faith
4. Prayer and Spirituality - How we relate to God with one another.
When does RCIA meet?
RCIA meets on Sundays from 9:00am until 12:00pm with a break for a small snack. There are a minimal number of Saturday or Weeknight classes that are scheduled only when the required resources are not available on Sunday. Exceptions are normally worked out for those who cannot meet on Sundays or join late. The format is lecture and small group discussion supplemented with videos on occasion. You can review the RCIA Calendar here.
HOW DO YOU REGISTER?
Complete the contact form: click here
Contact Deacon John Timme at firstname.lastname@example.org .