What is RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which people enter into the Catholic Faith.  It is a process in which interested men and women can explore Catholicism and make a decision to become Catholic over a period of months.  The process is concerned with the total formation of the person and is often called a “Journey of Faith” because we are all at varying stages in our understanding of what Christ has called us to live.

Who can participate in RCIA?

Any adult 18 years and older who is unbaptized, a baptized Christian of another faith, or a baptized Catholic who has not received the sacraments of Holy Eucharist or Confirmation may participate in the RCIA process.

Can I come just to ask questions without making a commitment?

Certainly.  The period of inquiry (Precatechumenate) is designed specifically for asking lots of questions, learning, and exploring the Catholic Faith without any obligation to continue.  Inquirers meet in parishioners homes or at the church on a regular basis for discussion and sharing about Catholic Christianity.  New inquiry groups begin periodically throughout the year.

What if I decide I want to become Catholic?

If , during the period of inquiry, you feel that God is calling you to the Catholic Church, you will be asked to affirm your decision to continue the conversion process.

The next step is an extended period of weekly classes and other activities designed to involve participants in the Church community.  This period allows participants the opportunity to examine their commitment to the process through regular attendance at classes, participation in community service events, and involvement in other parish activities.

For those committed, the next step is an intense  period of prayer and reflection leading to the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.

The process is completed in a period of reflection and prayer during which the newly baptized and/or confirmed Catholics can further their faith formation.

What about attendance?

Attendance is required at weekly Sunday sessions that begin at 10:00am and conclude at 12:30p.m.  These sessions include Mass, Breaking open the Word, and Catechetical instruction on the Doctrines and teachings of the Catholic Church.

The formal RCIA program begins in September and concludes on Pentecost.

What if I am married civilly, divorced, or divorced and remarried?

If you were civilly married, the Church will bless your marriage.  This is known as convalidatation. If your were divorced and are now remarried, an annulment will be required by the Church.  This will take place during the RCIA process.

If you are divorced, but not remarried, you are free to begin the RCIA process.  An annulment may be required if you later choose to marry in the Catholic Church.

Who helps me through RCIA?

Our RCIA is composed of a number of parishioners who serve as teachers, coordinators, sponsors, prayer sponsors, and provide hospitality.

Sponsors share this journey of faith with you and help you to become an active and vital part of our Catholic family.  A suitable sponsor will attend classes and retreats with you and help you to become a part of the Holy Spirit family.

How can I learn more?

If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, please call the RCIA Director, Tammy Alexander at 350-5322 or contact Father Matt at the church office at 794-3496.