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RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - a process where adults become full-fledged Catholics. Over a period of time those interested in learning what it means to be a Catholic Christian take part in weekly sessions where scripture, doctrine and tradition are explored and shared. Conversion and formation are celebrated with special rites, ceremonies and prayers. Guided by a team of clergy and laity, we keep in mind that it is God who invites and nourishes those who are seeking. This journey of faith will hopefully lead to the celebration of the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil Liturgy. Our newest brothers and sisters are welcomed into our faith community with joy.
Is there a friend, neighbor or family member who could use a special invitation to “come and see?” We have such a tremendous gift to share with others – our Faith. We invite anyone interested in learning more about the teachings and practice of our Catholic faith.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process of preparation for those who were never baptized and those baptized into another Christian community, who have a desire to become Catholics. It is also for baptized Catholics who have never received the Sacraments of Communion and/or Confirmation or those who just feel that their faith could be deepened and enriched and want to learn more. If you or some one you know is interested in finding out more about the RCIA process, please call the rectory and leave your name.
There are several ways the Catholic Church warmly welcomes new members. Many are baptized as infants or young children and grow up as part of a Christian community. Others have had little or no connection with the Church since baptism, or have been baptized in another Christian denomination and want full communion with the Catholic Church. And there are still other inquirers who have never been baptized. We honor each person's unique journey and response to God's call.
For adults and teenagers the Church offers an on-going formation in the message and mission of Jesus, called the Rite ofChristian Initiation of Adults. It is a gradual process of spiritual growth in prayer, scripture and the Catholic way of life. And we mark the steps along the way with special rites and celebrations, leading to the Easter Vigil when the three sacraments of initiation, Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist, are celebrated.
But it is important that the journey continues for them and for all of us. Ongoing faith formation and being part of a community of faith are essential not only to remain faithful disciples of Jesus but also to continue to deepen and grow in the reality of God in our everyday lives. That's what it means to "practice our faith" as Catholics. We keep at it with God's grace, for we are all on a journey each and every day of our lives.