Initiation into the Catholic Faith (RCIA)
What is the Catholic Church?
A Call to Faith
The RCIA program exists to reach out to adult members both of the Christian community as well as members of other non-Christian churches and indeed even those without any prior religious experience. The goal of the RCIA is to enable an encounter with Christ, through His Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church opens with this statement:
God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church.
If you have felt God drawing you closer, and want to know Him better, the Catholic Church is the perfect place to look.
Who is eligible?
- Any adult who has not been confirmed in the Catholic Church may join the RCIA as a participant.
- You do not have to be baptized to begin the process. In fact, many RCIA members enter with no previous religious affiliation.
- Any child over the age of seven who needs to receive the Sacraments of Initiataion.
If you're interested in becoming Catholic, or are a baptized Catholic adult who needs preparation for Eucharist and/or Confirmation, then RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is for you!
What is RCIA?
The RCIA is a process of discernment and education in the Catholic faith. All those interested will take part in a weekly formation process which will serve as an introduction to Catholicism.
Those who discern that they want to join the Catholic Church will be prepared to do so during the course of the RCIA process.
During the year, participants will engage in reflection, dialogue, and study about our faith. Anyone who wants to know more about what we beleive, why we believe it, and how we worship is welcome to attend!
When and where does RCIA meet?
The group meets on Monday evenings at the Nativity of Our Lord location.
Classes begin on September 12th for those who want to be received into the Church at the Easter Vigil in 2012.
For information, call (504) 466-5016.