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WHAT IS RCIA?

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a formal process of faith formation for three types of participants, 

 

First are Catechumens:

These are people who have never been baptized and seeking to become Catholic.

Second are Candidates:

These are people that have been baptized Christians who are not Catholic but seek to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.  

Third are Adult Catholics:

They have been baptized but seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation.  They will receive instruction in the essentials of Catholic faith and life.

RCIA allows inquirers to learn in depth about all things Catholic.  To those who aren't Catholic, it offers the opportunity to make an informed decision about whether they want to enter the Catholic Church.  Then, if they decide to continue, it provides for those who complete the faith formation process the Sacraments of Initiation:  Baptism (if they haven't yet been Baptized); the Eucharist; and Confirmation.  Along with weekly sessions of instruction, it also includes several Rites that mark the various stages of the process.

RCIA is a ten-month process, typically beginning in early September and running  through early May.  The exact dates vary each year according to the date of Easter and other holidays.  

Please contact the Parish Office if you are interested in participating in the RCIA program which are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm-9:00pm.  You can download the attached form or pick one up in the church office.

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