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RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which adults are welcomed and become fully initiated members of the Roman Catholic Church.  It encompasses a vision that our faith-life is a journey of life-long conversion.  Through class sessions, scripture study, and liturgical celebrations, adult men and women are invited to discern the call of Christ in their lives and to be welcomed into the full sacramental life of the Church.

RCIA team members serve as catechists, facilitators, and coordinators.  The entire parish community lends support through prayer, hospitality and witness – both at Sunday liturgy and in the larger community.  

Individual parishioners are invited to serve as Sponsors for candidates in the RCIA process, provision of hospitality at weekly sessions, baby-sitting during meetings and, especially, through prayer for the candidates and the RCIA Team.
Inquiry Classes for those interested in learning more about the Catholic faith are held twice a year.  

Steps in the RCIA Process
The RCIA process, like the faith-journey, is always an individual one; it is always designed to reflect the person’s own needs.  RCIA is typically about a year-long process.  It involves the following steps:

Initial Inquiry (Pre-Catechumenate Period)    
These informal sessions provide an opportunity to ask questions about the Church and to begin considering the Catholic faith.  Persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Church may call throughout the year.  Two Inquiry sessions are offered:  (1) January-May (twice a month sessions); (2) August-October (weekly sessions).  These sessions are open to those interested in becoming Catholic, individuals in interfaith marriages who wish to gain some understanding of their spouse’s faith, baptized adult Catholics who have not received Holy Communion and/or confirmation, and Catholics who wish to update their faith.
Formal steps toward full communion in the Catholic Church begin in late October and continue through the feast of Pentecost. This process includes the following formal steps/stages:

Catechumenate Period    
Formal study of the Catholic faith and sacraments begins.  This step is marked by the presentation of the Candidates/Catechumens to the parish, and the parish’ promise of prayerful support of each person’s spiritual journey.

Enlightenment     
During Lent a deeper emphasis is placed on personal prayer and development one’s interior spiritual life in final preparation for baptism and full membership in the Church.

Easter Vigil Mass   
Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation by Catechumens (Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist) and admission of Candidates into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

Period of Mystagogia    
Period of continued support and catechesis of the newly-initiated members from the parish community.

For more information or to sign up for the upcoming RCIA Classes, please contact Emily Besl,  688-3143