An Introduction to the R.C.I.A.
For whom is the R.C.I.A.?
+ Unbaptized adults who wish to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church
+ Baptized adults from other Christian communities who wish to learn about the teachings of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church
+ Adults who have been baptized in the Catholic Church, but have not completed Initiation with the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Through a series of weekly sessions on Monday evening, beginning in late Summer, inquirers are given the opportunity to learn about the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic faith of the Catholic Church and deepen their relationship with God in prayer and worship at holy Mass.
Several one-on-one sessions throughout the process with the R.C.I.A. Director and Parish Pastor will help those inquiring to discern God’s call, and their individual readiness, to either enter the Church through Baptism, or to reconcile with the Catholic Church if they’ve already been validly baptized. Then, all men and women entering the Church will complete Initiation with the sacraments of Confirmation and holy Communion.
The R.C.I.A. process finds its roots in the life of the early Church, when those seeking union were slowly and lovingly introduced into the Revealed faith of God in Jesus Christ and the rich sacramental, spiritual, and prayerful traditions of His Church with the help and support of the local parish community.
Is there any commitment by starting the process?
Absolutely not. God has given each person the gift of free will and the Catholic Church respects that and will not pressure you in the slightest.
Sponsors – Your Companion on The Way
With the help of the R.C.I.A. Director you’ll 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 of discernment.
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.