Life Long Faith Formation
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the official process for adults who wish to explore joining the Catholic Church.
About the structure
There are four stages in the RCIA process.
Pre-Catechumenate is the first stage. Those who feel called to explore the Catholic faith are given an opportunity to review their own lives and the way God has already been speaking to them. As adults assess their personal life story, they also explore the way Jesus called his disciples and continues to call people today. Basic questions like what we are living for and where we are headed, are given attention during this stage. Also words like ‘faith,’ ‘religion,’ ‘doctrine,’ ‘church,’ and more are examined.
Catechumenate is the second stage of RCIA. This term comes from the Greek and was used in the early church for those who were studying Christianity. During this stage, all participants will explore the teachings of the Catholic Church, including moral teachings, the sacraments, and more
Lent is the forty days of serious prayer and preparation that leads up to Easter. This stage is relatively short but emphasizes discernment and God’s plan for each person.
Mystagogia is the time after Easter. In short, it is a time for learning to live the mystery of our Christian faith, especially for those who have just joined the church at Easter.
Regardless of which session we are in, RCIA sessions are presented with the best of adult learning techniques. Sessions are conducted in a relaxed way with a variety of presentation styles.
Each participant will have a sponsor, someone who lives the Catholic faith, as a personal mentor or coach. These sponsors need not be expert theologians but must truly practice their faith. If the participant has difficulty finding a personal sponsor, the parish will provide one.
RCIA is about formation of a person in the Catholic faith as much as provide information about the Catholic church. Sessions involve prayer and personal reflection.
About RCIA participants
How does someone know that he or she is ready for RCIA?
At times people have deeply moving experiences that remind them that God is already active in their lives. From those moments, they want to come closer to God and better understand God’s plan.
People are often attracted to a particular parish church. And we hope that parishes represent the best of what Catholicism can be. At the same time, becoming Catholic means joining the universal church, one that connects millions of persons throughout the world