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Is the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) for you? RCIA

stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  RCIA

can best be described as a journey with Jesus to His

Church.  It is the formal process through which adults

and young adults join or complete their initiation into the

Catholic Church. The RCIA is for three groups of people:

  1. Those who are not baptized.
  2. Those who were baptized into another

               Christian denomination and wish to enter

                into full communion with the Catholic Church.

  1. Baptized Catholics who were never formed in

                the Catholic faith and have not completed their

                initiation; that is, who have received neither of

                the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

What takes place at an RCIA meeting? The RCIA group

usually meets Thursday evenings starting in September

leading to the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation

(Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion) at the Easter

Vigil Mass. Each meeting begins with prayer followed by

reading and reflecting on the Scripture readings for the

upcoming Sunday Mass.  This is followed by a presentation

on a specific aspect of the Catholic faith by one of the RCIA

team members.  After the presentation there is time for questions

and further discussion.  The meets are not a formal class, but

rather through prayer, Scripture and discussion we are all lead

to a fuller understanding of our faith in Jesus and his Church.

There will be a meeting for those interested in starting the RCIA

on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 PM in the Father Dowd

Center (the basement hall of the Church). If you have any

questions or wish to find out more about the RCIA please

contact Father Weber at 610-353-4880.