Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
INQUIRY This is the initial period before you decide to enter the Catholic Church. You're asking questions and checking it out, but aren't yet ready to commit.
CATECHUMENATE Those who decide to enter the Church and are being trained for a life in Christ are called catechumens, an ancient name from the early Church. In this stage, you're developing your faith and are being "catechized" — learning catechism, or the basic points about Catholic faith and life.
PURIFICATION AND PREPARATION The Church will help you focus and intensify your faith as you prepare to commit your life to Christ and be received into the Church at Easter.
INITIATION This is the culmination of the whole process. You're received into the Church during the Easter Vigil Mass, where you'll receive the sacraments of initiation: baptism, confirmation and Eucharist. If you've already been baptized, you won't be baptized again.
MYSTAGOGY After reception into the Church at Easter, this period lets you reflect and learn more about the mysteries of the Mass and the Sacraments that you now participate in fully.
- From beingcatholic.com
Faith is a personal journey and will be the foundation of your life.
Make that foundation solid by taking it slowly, asking questions and opening your heart to God's gentle call.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is offered for those who are discerning a call to learn more about the Catholic faith, as well as any baptized Catholics seeking to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation. Each cycle begins in the spring with monthly group inquiry sessions for those who have attended a preliminary information meeting, and is then followed by weekly sessions beginning in the fall. These weekly sessions are held either on Sunday morning or Monday evening. Those wishing to register for this program can attend a monthly group information meeting beginning in March or can call for a personal appointment by contacting RCIA Coordinator Tom Lindemuth at 704-543-7677 x 1063 or at 704-840-4088 after business hours.
Volunteers are needed to walk with our candidates as they journey into the Catholic Church. Practicing Catholics are urged to prayerfully consider being a sponsor for one of our candidates. For more information, contact Jane Brock, 704-936-7400.
RCIA for Teens, Mondays 6:45 - 8:15 p.m.
This class is for teens coming into the Church who have not yet received all the Sacraments of Initiation and those who have not been enrolled in Faith Formation for an extended period of time. Through a relaxed, small group setting, we discover the teachings of the Catholic Church, what it means to live your life as a Catholic Christian, and the beauty and tradition of the faith. Various resources such as the Youcat Youth Catechism, Scripture and the Catholic Faith Handbook for Teens are used. Teens in this program begin classes in September and receive their sacraments at the Easter Vigil Mass. Please contact Heather King at 704-543-7677 x 1061.