RCIA is an acronym for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, and is a restoration of the ancient practice of initiation into the Catholic Church. It is also a process of conversion to Christ. Before 1972, the format of "convert classes" or instruction given by the parish priest to an individual seeking baptism was the normal practice. Since 1988, the RCIA dramatically changes this practice. Now, preparation into the Christian way of life is done by the parish community, around the Word of God. Catechumens, those persons seeking to become Christian, are joined with the community of the faithful in the Sunday celebration of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. It is here that they learn to discern God's call to follow Christ and they begin to serve the Mission of Jesus Christ in the today's world.
The RCIA is actually one event, but it is divided into four separate periods that are each marked by a step that is celebrated within the community. These steps celebrate the Christian conversion that a person experiences throughout the individual's journey of faith. The first step is the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, the second step is the Rite of Election, and the third step is the Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation.
Who enters the RCIA? Anyone who is over seven years of age and is seeking baptism and wishes to become a member of the Catholic Church enters the RCIA. If you or someone you love are interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church or would like more information about RCIA, please contact our office.
PARISH SPONSORS - "I will make you fishers of men" Mt. 4:19
Sponsors are always needed for men & women seeking to be baptized. Contact Eileen if you would like to be a parish sponsor. Duties of a parish sponsor include, meeting and joining with catechumens during the Sunday morning catechetical sessions, sharing stories of faith, building friendship, trust and love of Christ with the catechumen, attending rites, sessions, retreat days, helping discern readiness of catechumen for rites of initation, and praying for and with their catechumen. A parish sponsor must be a fully-initiated Catholic who has a desire to share their love for Christ and the Church with another person. Time commitment: Usually one year, once a week on Sunday from 10:30 to 11:30 AM (with summer breaks and holiday breaks in the calendar).
Eileen Smith 949-234-1354