Becoming Catholic -- What is RCIA?

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Catholic Information Sessions

If you are interested in learning about the process of becoming Catholic, this is the place to start! Catholic Information Sessions are held on the first Sunday of the month after the 9:30 a.m. Mass during the months of April through September or by appointment with the RCIA Director at anytime. A person interested in becoming Catholic is required to attend one of these sessions or meet with the RCIA Director prior to enrolling in formal classes to become Catholic. 

Contact
If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or the process of becoming Catholic, contact Carole Yaney at cyaney@seasfw.org or at 432-0268 ext 107.

About the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops describes the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults as a process in which participants "undergo…conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments…The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism."  

All are Welcome!
Both adults and older children are invited to participate in the RCIA process. RCIA is a process of study, exploration, faith-sharing, and faith formation with individuals who seek to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. Individuals who participate in the RCIA process include Catechumens, who are adults and children seeking full initiation into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation, and Candidates, who are adults and children already baptized in a Christian tradition and who are seeking full initiation into the Catholic Church through reception of the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. 

RCIA is a Journey
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process that proceeds over a period of time. It has several steps:

Pre-Catechumenate

This is the first phase in the RCIA process and is also known as the Period of Inquiry. During this phase, Inquirers encounter Jesus Christ through sharing stories, reading scripture, and having questions answered about the Catholic faith. The duration of this period is flexible.

Catechumenate

The Catechumenate is a time of further deepening a relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church through prayer and weekly classes that focus on studying scripture, traditions, and doctrines of the Catholic faith. Catechumens and Candidates also participate in Sunday Mass each week. The duration of this period is typically about 6 months.

Purification & Enlightenment

Those preparing to enter the Catholic Church during Holy Thursday or at the Easter Vigil spiritually prepare to do so during the Period of Purification and Enlightenment which takes place during the season of Lent. It is a retreat-like period of spiritual formation. The duration of this period is typically about 2 months.

Initiation

Individuals who have already been baptized in another Christian tradition, celebrate the completion of their initiation into the Church on Holy Thursday and receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.  Individuals who are unbaptized are welcomed into the community of believers at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday and receive the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.

Mystagogy

This is a time of reflection and celebration after the formal reception into the Catholic Church. Mystagogia means “leading into the mystery” and it is a time to explore the deep mystery of our faith and go forth to help build the reign of God on Earth as new members of the faithful. While mystagogy is a life long process, newly initiated individuals typically meet two to three times during the first year of their initiation.

 

 

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