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RCIA

“Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” (Acts 8:30-31)

The Journey of Faith

Each of us have different paths that we walk on this journey of faith. Some began in Christian homes; some not. Some began in the waters of Baptism; some not. Some paths have been nurturing for the faith; some have been filled with diversions and sidetracks. But we all come to a cross road where we want more. We want to understand God’s call to us. The RCIA team is ready to journey with you.

Full Communion with the Church

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults from other faith traditions are received into full communion with the Catholic Church. RCIA is a journey of faith that not-yet baptized adults, as well as baptized adults, complete with the help of a sponsor, the catechists, the discernment team, and above all, on the strength of their own conviction and desire to grow in their faith.

Coming Together

Throughout the year, members participate in a weekly learning session, various Rites and Retreats, as well as weekly reflection on the Scriptures during one of the designated Masses. During these events, members are encouraged to ask questions and to come with an open mind, an open heart, and a desire to explore the Catholic Christian identity.

Sharing our Faith

The RCIA process typically begins in the Autumn and ends during the Easter Season with a major celebration at the Easter Vigil Mass. During this time, we meet to pray, discern and learn about the Faith. Sessions include God as Trinity, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Grace, Scripture, the Creed, the Mass, the Sacraments, the Trinity, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Saints, and more that unfold the beauty of the Catholic Church.

Frequently Asked Questions

Discerning whether to take the next step on the journey of faith with the Catholic Church is a well traveled road. There are always questions, some frequently asked. This section tries to answer some general questions people have about the process of RCIA and coming into full communion with the Catholic Church.

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What is RCIA?

The letters stand for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It’s the special way (rite) by which persons are initiated, that is, prepared to receive the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation and Eucharist) and become Roman Catholic Christians. — CTK

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults from other faith traditions are received into full communion with the Catholic Church. RCIA is a journey of faith that not-yet baptized adults, as well as baptized adults, complete with the help of a sponsor, the catechists, the discernment team, and above all, on the strength of their own conviction and desire to grow in their faith.

The RCIA process at St. Francis is typically about nine-months long, beginning in the fall and ending shortly after the Easter Vigil Mass. Throughout the year, members participate in a weekly learning session, various Rites and Retreats, as well as weekly reflection on the Scriptures during one of the designated Masses. During these events, members are encouraged to ask questions and to come with an open mind, an open heart, and a desire to explore the Catholic Christian identity.

Have you been considering the Catholic Church?

Do you feel drawn to Catholic liturgies and tradition? Do you wonder about the Eucharist? Would you like to deepen the meaning of your presence at Sunday’s liturgy? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, prayerfully consider joining on the path of discovery of your true spiritual identity. The RCIA program is for you.

Why do people become interested in the RCIA?

The decision to join the Catholic Church is personal for everyone. Many people choose to join the Church because of a desire for Christ and His Sacraments. Some become interested in the RCIA when they approach a milestone in their life, such as planning a wedding to a Catholic. They would like to start their marriage with both partners being of the same faith. Some, who are already married, find that they would like to be a family that “prays together.” A non-Catholic parent may find his interest in Catholicism growing on the occasion of his child’s First Holy Communion. Others have had a personal experience of faith leading them to find out more. Some are baptized Catholics who never received religious instruction in their youth and would like to share fully in the sacramental life of the Church.

What are the religious backgrounds of those who become part of the RCIA?

The background include folks from the Reformed and Protestant traditions. People with no faith traditions. People from world religions. All religious backgrounds are welcome.

What if I’m not sure I want to become Catholic?

For any decision in life, it’s best to be informed about the choices available. What better way than to be part of a group discussing aspects of Catholicism? There is never any pressure to join the Catholic Church at RCIA – only the learning, and to some extent, the living of it.

I was already baptized in a non-Catholic church. Do I have to be baptized again?

As Catholics, we confess ONE BAPTISM for the forgiveness of sins. Most Christian baptisms are universally recognized by the Catholic Church. Christian baptisms done with water and the Trinitarian formula are considered valid in the Catholic Church. Therefore, those candidates would make a Profession of Faith in order to become a Catholic.

I have already been baptized in the Catholic faith but have not received any of the other Catholic Sacraments - is RCIA for me?

Yes, we would encourage you to attend an Inquiry session, so we can learn more about your particular faith journey. Then we can discuss what path may be best for you to complete the remaining Sacraments of Initiation (First Eucharist and Confirmation).

What is expected of me?

All that is needed is a sincere desire to grow and learn. Attendance is expected at weekly meetings and at one of the selected Masses each Sunday. In addition, there are special events throughout the process that require attendance and participation. Each member of the RCIA is encouraged to spend some time each week in prayer and to read the reflection materials received from time to time. People who feel comfortable sharing questions and reactions are encouraged to do so.

RCIA Inquiry and Information Form

Please use this form to reach out to us about your interest in becoming Catholic and entering “full communion” with the Catholic Church. Thank you!

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