The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process used by the Catholic Church to present the beliefs and practices of the Catholic faith to those adults who are interested in coming into full communion with the Church. Adult Catholics who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation or who simply want to learn more about their faith may also benefit from participating in RCIA.
Participants in the RCIA program, known as Candidates or Catechumens, will attend a series of classes which explain the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church and their origin in Sacred Scripture and Tradition. Candidates will also be invited to participate in the life of prayer, worship, and personal conversion which characterizes the life of a Catholic Christian.
Upon completion of this program, candidates will be prepared to make the decision to come into full communion with the Catholic Church. This reception takes place with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation on the evening before Easter Sunday at the Easter Vigil Mass.
If you are interested in taking part in the RCIA program this year, please begin by filling out the Interest Form below and considering coming to one of our inquiry nights in August. Our RCIA team will be in touch to welcome you and answer any questions you might have.
If you’d like to learn more about the RCIA program, we invite you to attend one of our two inquiry nights in August. We will discuss the program and answer any questions you might have.
Option 1: August 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm
This meeting will be via zoom.
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Option 2: August 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm
We will meet at St. Matthew in the Banquet Room.
RCIA 2020 begins on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 9:00 am in the Banquet Room.
We will meet most weeks except for holidays.
On normal weekends we have a session on Sunday at 9:00 am or Monday at 7:00 pm. You can choose which session works best for you.
*The schedule is subject to change as the year develops.
Volunteer opportunities and commitments
Sponsors to accompany Candidates and Catechumens throughout their time in RCIA and especially during the early days of their Catholic life.
RCIA team members help in a number of ways. Some help organize and facilitate the classes. Some provide hospitality during the classes, helping everyone to feel comfortable and welcome. Some volunteers provide background administrative help or organizational help in preparing for the various rites that the candidates and catechumens will undergo throughout the year.
The time commitment for volunteers is about 2 hours a week. If you’d like to know more or learn how to help, contact Rachel Willoughby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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