The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process by which the church welcomes an adult into our Catholic Community
“Once you have surrendered yourself, you make yourself receptive. In receiving from God, you are perfected and completed.”― Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary
RCIA is for:
Those who want to be baptized.
Those baptized in another tradition who desire to become Catholic.
Those asking to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation.
The RCIA program involves personal prayer and meditation, the prayer and support of the parish community, and learning about the Catholic faith.
This process is broken down into stages or steps:
The RCIA Group meets in the Parish Activity Center Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Childcare is provided upon request.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, please get in touch with us. You may complete the RCIA Interview Form in advance or during a meeting with the Director of Adult Faith Formation.
Interview Form: RCIA 2015-2016 Interview Form
For more information contact:
Director of RCIA 966-5344
or the Parish Office 966-0830
Would you consider being an RCIA Sponsor?
Everyone going through the RCIA process is asked to have a sponsor. This person will walk the journey beside the candidate, witnessing to the love of Christ and offering support.
A sponsor must be at least 16 years of age a confirmed Catholic who lives their faith. A Sponsor may not be the candidate’s parent or spouse, and if married, must be married in the Catholic Church.
A Sponsor Covenant will need to be completed by the person invited to be a sponsor.
To Sponsor for Baptism & Full Communion:
CATECHUMEN SPONSOR COVENANT
To Sponsor for Full Communion (Eucharist & Confirmation):
CANDIDATE SPONSOR COVENANT
To Sponsor for Confirmation:
CONFIRMATION SPONSOR COVENANT
The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), also called the Catechumenate, is a process of initiation into the Catholic Community of Faith for persons who are experiencing a conversion in their lives and seeking either Christian baptism in the Catholic Church or full Communion with the Catholic tradition through Eucharist and Confirmation.
It is a process which enables the study of the Gospels, Catholic Christian teaching, the acceptance of Christian values and morality, the development and deepening of a life of prayer and action with the support and involvement of the local Christian community. The RCIA is more than a course of instruction. It is a process of conversion, designed to meet the unique and individual needs of the participants
Sacrament of Baptism
“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” (Catechism 1213)
Sacrament of Confirmation
“Confirmation, with Baptism and Eucharist, is one of three sacraments of initiation and is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. By the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” (Catechism 1285)
Adults who have not been confirmed should seriously consider preparing for this sacrament which completes their full initiation into the Catholic Church. Completion of the sacraments of initiation is strongly encouraged prior to celebrating the other sacraments including marriage.
Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
“The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.” (Catechism 1322)
The celebration of Mass forms our local Church, connects us with the apostolic faith, and links us with the Church universal. All parish life revolves around the Sunday celebration of the Lord’s paschal mystery in the Eucharist.
For adults, the reception of the Eucharist is the culmination of their Christian initiation through the RCIA Process.