The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the Church’s ritual process for calling adults to a conversion of mind and heart, preparing them for a full and active life in the Church as disciples of Jesus Christ. During the process, adults participate in liturgical rites that mark the progress of their faith journey and form them more deeply by God’s grace. RCIA culminates with celebrating the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
ARE YOU SOMEONE OR DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO…
- Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?
- Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?
We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith. Sessions focus on the teachings and experience of Church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season. You are welcome to participate in the process with your questions, your insights and your faith story in a warm accepting environment. For information please contact Jean Beneteau, Pastoral Minister, at the parish office or at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no obligation for those seeking to initiate a relationship with Christ or to learn more about the Catholic Church. However there is warm welcome, an experience of community and great opportunity to learn and grow. Please consider the invitation and spread the word to others.
What is involved?
More than just the liturgical rites are involved. This process includes the following:
The scriptures are the foundation of our faith. They are where God is revealed and invite us into personal relationship with the Trinity. Evangelization also includes learning how to read the signs of God’s presence in our lives and how to respond to it.
Engagement with the community
One’s faith journey is not made alone. The Christian community supports the catechumens in various ways and demonstrates how to live the Christian life.
Catechumens are exposed to the teachings of Jesus and his Church so that they can enter into the mystery of Christ and encounter God.
Formation for mission
Once baptized, we share in Christ’s mission to live as Jesus’ followers and continue his work of fostering justice, building peace and facilitating reconciliation.
The sacraments of initiation
The crowning experience of RCIA is celebrating the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
How long is the RCIA process?
Because the process of becoming a Christian is about conversion and the transformation of the whole person it is difficult to determine. Every person is treated as an individual.
HOW IS GOD CALLING YOU TO JOURNEY WITH THOSE INQUIRING ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH?
Soon the RCIA process will begin. Our entire parish community is called by God to respond to those inquiring about initiation into the Catholic faith with hospitality, prayer, and witness. Each of us are gifted in different ways to be instruments of God’s love as we welcome and walk with those coming to know Jesus more intimately during their discernment of initiation into the Church. Please take to prayer how you might be called by God to participate. Could you contribute with your gifts of hospitality or intercessory prayer? Might you serve as a sponsor or as a catechist at our weekly gatherings? Are you called to invite participation and inclusion into ministries in which you already participate? In whatever ways you feel called to participate, your contribution matters.
For more information contact Jean Beneteau at the parish office or at email@example.com.