- Category: Religious Education
- Published on Thursday, 16 June 2016
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What is RCIA?
Before you were formed in the womb, I knew you, before you came into the world I dedicated you as one who would send my message to many people.” Jeremiah 1
Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through the deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through the rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” Isaiah 43
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts to a new way of life. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church.
The process includes the exploration of Catholic beliefs, history and rituals, faith sharing, and discernment. When the individual through much prayer, reflection and discernment reaches a decision to become Catholic, he/she is welcomed into the Church at the Easter Vigil with the reception of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
Frequently asked Questions:
Any adult interested in becoming a Catholic. This includes individuals who were not baptized or were baptized in another faith. Also Catholics who have been baptized, but have not received the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.
When are the sessions?
Sessions for RCIA are held on Sunday mornings.
Who Leads RCIA?
A dedicated team of trained parishoners lead the RCIA sessions.