Saturday - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday - 7:30 a.m. - 9 - 11 & 5:30 p.m.
Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m.
Tuesday: 6:30 p.m.
Monday - Saturday: 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday: 6 p.m.
Saturday: 4 p.m.
The Catholic Church warmly welcomes adults interested in becoming Catholic. Without doubt, God has been at work in your life, drawing you closer to himself and his Church. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adult men and women are initiated into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. The process spans through four periods of discernment with rites of celebration marking each step along the way. Prior to initiation, participants receive Catechetical instruction, Scripture reflection, faith sharing, prayer and liturgical rites aimed at helping participants be strengthened spiritually and at the proper time receive the sacraments fruitfully.
Properly speaking, RCIA is for those adults who are not baptized in the Christian faith. However, it is also suitable for baptized adults who desire to join the Catholic Church, and for Catholic adults who have not yet received the sacrament of confirmation.
Classes will meet Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm in the Hearth Room beginning Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
RCIA runs from the beginning of October through mid April with the Sacraments of Initiation celebrated at the Easter Vigil. This year the Easter Vigil is Saturday, April 15, 2017.
RCIA team leads the group in catechetical instruction using the Symbolon resource, large group and small group discussion, prayer and catholic identity understanding. Catechumens and Candidates choose sponsors to accompany them on this journey of faith. Click HERE for more information on Symbolon.
The whole community has a role in the initiation of newcomers. “Christian initiation in the catechumenate should be taken care of not only by catechists or priests, but by the entire community of the faithful, so that right from the outset the catechumens may feel that they belong to the people of God. And since the life of the Church is an apostolic one, the catechumens also should learn to cooperate wholeheartedly, by the witness of their lives and by the profession of their faith, in the spread of the Gospel and in the building up of the Church.” Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity
The liturgical assembly gathers as Church. Therefore, the assembly teaches the catechumens and candidates what it means to be Church. Also, the assembly exercises a specific role in the liturgy and hands on the ritual, symbols, and memory of the community.
There is no fee for the program.