The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the ordinary method of entry into the Catholic Church for adults who are either non-Christians or Christians of other denominations. The process involves a regular set of weekly, one and a half hour, instructions in the faith over a period extending from late September to the end of April, as well as a series of associated rites that gradually introduce the candidates to the community, and in which the community prays for them. The process ordinarily culminates in baptism, confirmation, and first communion at Easter time for the non-Christian candidates (i.e., those who have not been baptized), and in confirmation and first communion for those who were validly baptized in another Christian denomination.
The biblically based program of instruction is fairly comprehensive, and gives a good grounding in the faith. For this reason, Catholics (especially spouses of the RCIA candidates) who want to deepen or renew their knowledge of the faith are welcome to join us. Non-confirmed Catholics who need to renew their knowledge of the faith in preparation for confirmation (perhaps at Easter time with the RCIA candidates) are encouraged to participate in this program of instruction.
For more information and phone number are listed in the Parish Bulletin, or contact the Parish office (745-7774).