The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process to prepare people to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church. The RCIA begins a journey of faith that provides the opportunity to grow in a deeper relationship with God in the company of the whole community of faith. There are four periods in the RCIA each marked by distinct liturgical rites that help adults prepare to enter the Catholic faith.
The RCIA helps deepen your relationship with the Lord while leading to a better understanding of the Catholic faith and its practices. The RCIA encourages asking questions, sharing faith stories, listening to the gospel, and learning about teachings of the Jesus and his Church, and reflecting upon the place of Jesus in your lives.
Participants in the RCIA process are individuals who are 18 years of age or older. They may be unbaptized (Catechumens) or already baptized in another Christian faith (Candidates). Candidates and Catechumens may be received into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil.
The St. Michael RCIA process begins in September and continues through to Easter with several sessions continuing until Pentecost. RCIA sessions are held each Sunday from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM at the Trinity Center 2nd floor Multipurpose Room. All participants are required to attend the 8:45 AM Mass.
If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, please contact Mary DiSano by phone (468-6134) or email email@example.com.
Accompanying the participants in the process are Sponsors, who guide and support people exploring the Catholic faith. Sponsors are Catholics leading a life in harmony with the Catholic faith. In addition to Sponsors, the RCIA Ministry involves many parishioners to serve as faith sharers, catechists, and pray-ers. In essence, everyone in the community is responsible for ministering to the prospective converts by the witness of their lives and the openness of their attitudes. The RCIA ministry is in need of Catholics wishing to serve as Sponsors. For those interested in serving as a Sponsor, please contact Mary DiSano by phone (468-6134) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCIA sessions are held each Sunday from 10:00 - 11:30 AM in the St. Michael's Trinity Center 2nd floor Multipurpose Room from September to seven weeks after Easter. All participants are required to attend the 8:45 am Mass and proceed to the Multipurpose Room thereafter.
In addition to the Sunday sessions, there will also be other days that are required. These include two Days of Prayer held on Saturday mornings, two-day on-site retreat in March, Rite of Welcome/Acceptance in December, Rite of Election in February or March, and the final rehearsal for Easter Vigil on Saturday morning. RCIA calendars complete with the full year of sessions and special events will be given at the first meeting.
We are available throughout the year to answer questions about becoming a member of the Catholic faith.
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