Church News & Events
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:
- Those who are not baptized.
- Those who were baptized into another
Christian denomination and wish to enter
into full communion with the Catholic Church.
- 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.