Becoming Catholic

 

The Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adults is a process of Christian formation, developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism. Each week the group meets to learn and discuss the Catholic faith. A team of dedicated catechists work with Father John and Sister Mara to ensure our inquirers are educated on all aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices.

There are four stages to RCIA:

  1. Inquiry – asking questions about the Catholic Faith, at the same time forming relationships with one another and the catechists.
  2. Catechumenate – this period focuses on study and reflection of the Catholic faith
  3. Purification & Enlightenment – Catechumenates continue to prepare themselves with the guidance of their sponsor and the RCIA team to receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil.
  4. Mystagogy – reflection on the experience of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist by learning how to make this part of their daily lives and grow in faith.

For children, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) is a similar series, adapted for children.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming Catholic, please call the parish office and speak to Sister Mara. Both RCIA and RCIC sessions begin in September.