RCIA – which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – is a process through which non-baptized men and women enter the Catholic Church. These participants are known as Catechumens. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.
The RCIA process is also designed for the following:
- Adults who are already baptized into the Catholic Faith, but who have not completed their initiation in the Church and have not received the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
- Adults who have been baptized in another Christian denomination (in the Trinitarian Formula of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, recognized as valid in the Catholic Church) and who want to be received into the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church welcomes people of all faiths and backgrounds into the RCIA process, and welcomes your interest in our Church. The initiation process has been a blessing for the Church. Those in the Catholic Faith community speak of the renewal of their own faith as they witness those engaged in the initiation process prepare to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.
This process is mostly a journey of the heart that leads to lives being transformed into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and in living lives of service, faith and love.
For many people, this process can be somewhat confusing or intimidating. After all, this is a major decision in one’s life.
Perhaps you are asking where to begin the journey. The answer is that you have already begun!
Click here for a brochure that outlines the different steps in this process. Also, please feel free to contact Fr. John, Fr. Xavier or the RCIA Coordinator Mabel Ring, who would be happy to answer your questions, or help you move ahead in your discernment process. Click here for contact information.
Catholics Coming Home to the Church
The Church is a vibrant, active community of believers which continues to have a positive influence on the lives of many people. However, there are people who for one reason or another have stopped actively participating in the Church and attending Mass.
We live in a busy culture and society, and there are many demands placed on us. Yet, people are searching for a deeper sense of meaning, for a closer relationship with God, and for a more authentic spiritual identity.
Since the Church is a family, we miss those Catholics who may have left the Church or who have stopped participating in its vibrant liturgy and sacramental life.
Perhaps you or someone you know are in this situation and do not know how to come back or how to become active again.
The first thing you need to know is that you are always welcome back. The Church misses you and hopes that you will choose to come home as an active member.
Please feel free to explore any questions you may have about the Catholic Church or how you can return to active participation in the Church by visiting: www.catholicscomehome.org
There are also 2 inspiring videos on our website from our Pastor, Fr.John Bluett.
“We are one Body, one body in Christ and we do not stand alone”……… “Come and See”.