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THE RCIA/RCIC PROGRAM

JOINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Joining the Church gives you a regular place to anchor and replenish. It builds close relationships with supportive people who understand you based on having similar spiritual journeys.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program is a process for people who want to find out more about the Catholic Faith.  Every year, adults are welcomed into the Catholic Community through RCIA program.  The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) program is a similar format but geared for children and teens who have not yet been baptized or confirmed.

 

It is a learning and loving process in which conversion of the heart brings you to Jesus Christ . Come join us...

  • If you interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith and Church.

  • If you are not baptized and recognize a need for spirituality in your life.

  • If you are a baptized Catholic or baptized into another religion but never received any formal religious education.

  • If you are yearning for something more in your life.

RCIA is for those seeking to become Catholic, or those seeking full communion with the Catholic Church. It is also for adult Catholics who are not yet confirmed. 

The invitation is also extended to all who would like to deepen their understanding of their Faith and who would like to refresh their knowledge of the Church. 

Simple Process

 

The RCIA process begins with a period of inquiry and maturing. This is a time for hearing the first preaching of the Gospel and of prayer. The end of this period is marked by the first stage or step which is celebrated by the whole community: The Rite of Becoming A Catechumen.

 

The second period is called the Catechumenate. This is a time of more intense preaching and teaching of the Gospel, prayer, spiritual direction, catechesis - the handing on the specific Roman Catholic traditions and personal contact with members of the larger Christian community. This period ends with "The Rite of Election" when the catechumens are ready to respond totally to God's call of faith through the sacraments of initiation, Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

 

The third period takes place during Lent. It is a time of purification and enlightenment or illumination for a more profound spiritual preparation. Its focus and conclusion is the Easter Vigil celebration and the sacraments of initiation.

 

The final period takes place during the Easter Season. The newly baptized are able to deepen their experience of the sacraments and of being new members of the Christian community.

 

If you are interested in being initiated into the Church, please contact us.