RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation
This process is opened to persons seeking Baptism, Profession of Faith, and also returning Catholics in the Catholic Church.  It is a two year formation process in the teachings of the Church.
  
Four Periods of the RCIA
 First:  Evangelization and PreCatechumenate
 Second:  Catechumenate
 Third:  Purification and Enlightenment
 Fourth:  PostBaptismal Catechesis (Mystagogy)
 
Steps of each Period
 Step One: Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens
 Step Two: Election or Enrollment of Names
 Step Three: Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation:
Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist
 
These periods are filled with questions about the faith, sharing of the Gospel message, participation in liturgical rites, prayer, scrutinizes, presentations, preparation rites, participation in Church activities and ministries. We welcome everybody who has a desire to learn about Jesus Christ. People are free to remain in the process or to excuse themselves after their inquiry. The Holy Spirit calls and directs through all of us.
  • Candidates may be received into the Church at the Easter Vigil after one year, and continue another year in formation or be received after two years.
  • Candidates for the profession of faith may be received during the course of the year.
  • Father meets with the candidates individually and as a group before class.
  • Catechists conduct the classes. Parishioners act as sponsors to acquaint the catechumens and candidates with the community.
  • Classes are usually Tuesdays or Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • The RCIA involves the entire Church community in the spirit of welcoming,
  • sharing in special celebrations, giving testimony, setting a good example,
  • being supportive, and in many other ways. Classes begin each fall, usually in September.
 
Father and Catechists guide us in our journey of faith. Prayer is most important for light and strength. Come and see. Taste and see.