MISSION: Our program facilitates the faith journey of adults who choose to look to the Roman Catholic religion for community and spiritual guidance. The Rite of Christian Initiation is the process the Church gives us to welcome new members into the Christian community. During this process the Candidates gather with members of the RCIA team to reflect together on God's Word, to come to a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Catholic Christian in the world today, and gradually to enter more fully into the larger Christian community.
This gradual process involves the entire parish community. As the Candidates progress in their journey of faith, the Church offers several Rites to be celebrated during the Sunday Eucharist, when a majority of the parish is gathered as members of the Body of Christ to listen to the Word of God proclaimed in our hearing and to live more fully the Eucharist that we celebrate
PROGRAM INFORMATION: The 4-step process
Step 1 Inquiry - The first step of the RCIA process called the Inquiry Period begins when an adult comes to the Church to inquire about Catholic beliefs and practices. It is a time of faith sharing, reflection and discovery.
Step 2 Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens - The second step is to discern in the Catholic tradition an experience of faith that is attractive and personally meaningful, creating a desire to belong to the family of Catholic believers. It opens with a formal parish welcome called the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens. Throughout the catechumenate they join with parishioners each Sunday to listen to the biblical readings and the homily. The Old and New Testament scriptures are the focal point and the basis for the theological and spiritual reflections that lead catechumens and parishioners through the RCIA process. The catechumens are dismissed after the homily to gather together with their catechists to study the word of God and to examine how their lives are touched by its power.
Step 3 Rite of Election - The third step is deepening the commitment. A period of purification and enlightenment. On the First Sunday of Lent, the parish and diocesan community affirm the catechumen's readiness for Baptism in the ceremony called the Rite of Election. From this moment on those chosen to be initiated are called the elect. Their names and the names of their godparents are written in the Book of the Elect.
The Vigil of Easter brings the journey of the elect to the fullness of Christian initiation. With Baptism, comes a rebirth in Jesus Christ. With Confirmation, comes the seal of the Holy Spirit who is our helper and guide. The newly initiated are invited to remain with the faithful to share in the Lord's Supper. Now for the first time, they may approach the table of the Lord and receive the body and blood of Christ.
Those who wish to enter the Catholic Church and are already baptized in another denomination, may also enter this process. They too are formally welcomed into full membership in the Catholic Church and receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist after completing a period of discernment and formation.
Step 4 Mystagogia - The fourth step is called Mystagogia. The newly initiated, now called neophytes, continue their formation in the Christian life, and deepen their faith commitment.
If you are interested in learning more about the RCIA process, or know someone who may want to become a member of the Roman Catholic Church, complete the RCIA Inquiry form on our website and you will be contacted by Dani Annino in the parish office.