An Introduction to the R.C.I.A.
For whom is the R.C.I.A.?
- Unbaptized adults who wish to learn about following Jesus Christ with an openness to entering His Church through Baptism and receiving the other sacraments of Initiation;
- Baptized Christians from Christian Communities who wish to learn about the catholic & apostolic faith with an openness toward entering full communion with the Church and completing their Christian Initiation;
- Baptized Catholics who have not completed their Christian Initiation with Confirmation and/or Communion & Confession
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Through weekly Monday evening sessions beginning in late August, inquirers are given the opportunity to encounter God through a presentation of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic faith and deepen their personal relationship with Him through prayer and worship at holy Mass.
The development of faith takes time; it cannot be rushed. The inquirers must be allowed sufficient time for their faith to ripen and begin to manifest in Christian living and a life of conversion. Ordinarily, this means anywhere from one to two years of formation depending, of course, on the background and spiritual maturity of the inquirer. The R.C.I.A. process cannot be reduced to classes for doctrinal instruction; it is about taking up a new way of life in our Lord Jesus Christ.
There will be several one-on-one sessions throughout the process with the R.C.I.A. Director, and one with the Pastor, to guide and support inquirers on their journey of seeking and conversion; to discern their intentions; and individual readiness for the sacraments of Initiation.
Is there any commitment by starting the process?
Absolutely not. God has given each person the gift of free will and the Church respects that gift and will not pressure you on your journey in any way. If you intend to work toward becoming Catholic however, we do ask you commit to faithfully attending the RCIA sessions, Rites, and in attending Mass each Sunday later in the process.
Sponsors – Your Companion on The Way
With the help of the R.C.I.A. Director each inquirer will be joined with a Catholic who will attend the R.C.I.A. sessions with you, attend Mass with you, and support you with friendship and prayer along your journey.
The Church holds that when a man and woman freely express informed consent at the time of their wedding vows they are in a valid marriage that only ends in death. If you are married, divorced, and have married again please be sure to share that information so we can discuss and begin an annulment investigation.
What about my child?
We offer ways for your child to be educated and formed in the Catholic faith and to receive the sacraments also. We will together come up with an approach and plan that is best for your child depending upon his/her previous formation, if any.