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Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)


Want to become Catholic?  Already Catholic and want to learn your faith?

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 RCIA is the process by which one becomes a Roman Catholic, learns the teachings of the Catholic Church, and/or develops a prayer life with Jesus Christ in the communion of the Catholic Church.

Who can participate in RCIA?

Everyone.  One who has never before stepped foot in a church is welcome.  A daily Mass communicant is welcome. The primary 'candidates' are:

  • UNBAPTIZED - those who have never been baptized in any Christian tradition. These adults will receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
  • BAPTIZED CHRISTIAN - those who were baptized in a non-Catholic Christian community. These adults will receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
  • BAPTIZED CATHOLIC - those who never received the sacraments of Confirmation & Eucharist, and did not receive formal religious education in the Catholic faith.

And if you are a:

  • FULLY INITIATED CATHOLIC - those who have received at least the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) and would like to learn more about the teachings of the Church, develop a deeper prayer life, accompany a candidate on the faith journey, or have any other reason! You are more than welcome to our Wednesday night sessions!

What is involved in RCIA?

  • Weekly, Saturday morning meetings.  We will meet from 9:45 am-11:00 am. Here we will learn about the Trinity, the Bible, the nature and history of the Catholic Church, the sacraments, morality, spirituality, and much more.  We will pray together. People can ask questions about the Church and her beliefs, and others can share  their own faith journey.  These meetings are free and no commitments are necessary. We will work with "The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults" and "YouCat: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church".  

  • Rituals. RCIA is a flexible process and candidates can enter at any time.  Generally speaking, RCIA consists of an established timeline marked by a series of stages, each celebrated with a ritual.  After an initial stage of inquiry (no ritual here: September), the second stage is marked by the official desire to enter formation for initiation into the Catholic Church (Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens: late fall). The third stage is marked by a recognition of our progress in faith formation and education, as well as our readiness to begin final preparations to receive the sacraments (Rite of Enrollment or Enrollment of Names: beginning of Lent). The fourth stage is the entrance into full communion (Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation: Easter Vigil). This stage continues until the end of the Easter season, in what is called Postbaptismal Catechesis or 'Mystagogy'. The Wednesday weekly meetings continue throughout all the phases. The Sunday sessions discontinue after Easter.
  • Service & Parish Life.  Candidates will be given the opportunity for community service with the RCIA group. Everyone is to attend Sunday Mass and participate in parish events.

Questions?  Want to participate in RCIA or the RCIA Team?                                               

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Please contact:
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Ms. Regina Thibeau, Director of Religious Enrichment  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it





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Mary, Seat of Wisdom
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