The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process whereby adults enter the Catholic Church. RCIA classes are held weekly and over the course of several months those who attend the RCIA classes are educated on what the Catholic Church believes and are given the oppurtunity to ask question about those beliefs.
Our Parish RCIA team serves the community by initiating children and adults into our community's life of faith. The ministry involves creating a welcoming environment, listening to their story, providing them with catechesis, discerning with them their readiness to celebrate the sacraments of initiation. Through this ministry the community is built up and those involved experience the continuous call to conversion.
Anyone wishing to register is asked to contact the parish office by september. Also any individual of group who desires to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the church, their faith should register with parish in the fall.
This ministry is presently connected with the initiation of adults. Sponsors are members of the faith community that choose to walk closely with a person seeking initiation and provides a vital link to the larger community. This ministry involves accompanying the candidate by being present at scheduled sessions and maintaining contact outside formal meeting times. The idea is to have a "pool" of sponsors in the parish that we could call upon during the year.
Providing catechesis during each of the stages of initiation is the responsibility of the catechist. This ministry is focussed on sharing and fostering community, proclaiming the message of faith, leading to prayer and worship, motivating for service in the Church and world. The method and goals of this catechesis takes a different shape in each of the different stages of initiation.
Just because you start RCIA, doesn't mean you are committed to finished. If you are merely curious about what Catholicism is, please feel free to come. All are welcome.