The Rite of Christian Initiation-The Way of Becoming a Disciple of Christ
ARE YOU SOMEONE OR DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO…
- Thirsting for something that seems unquenchable?
- Is searching for meaning in life?
- Would like a sense of community?
- Needs forgiveness and mercy in your life?
- Has expressed a desire for spirituality but doesn’t quite know how to become spiritual?
- Would like to know who Jesus really is?
- Would like to serve those in need but would also like to understand what drives us to have that desire?
- Was baptized in another faith but is still searching for answers?
- Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?
- Has a child over the age of seven who has not been baptized?
- Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?
We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith. We provide a means of exploring your deepest questions about God and spirituality. We help you understand the need to pray and teach the multitude of ways to pray. We offer opportunities to become a part of a Christian community. Weekly sessions focus on the teachings and experience of Church and offer an opportunity to ask questions about the faith and how it pertains to you as an individual and you within the larger community. There are separate sessions for children or youth. You are welcome to participate in the process with your questions, your insights and your faith story in a warm accepting setting. For information please contact Teresa Oross at 574-272-3113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is never too late to learn more about how you can become a part of The Catholic Church!
How Do I Become Catholic?
Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Although the RCIA process has several distinct steps on the journey towards full initiation, we know that people enter the RCIA process at different points in their lives. For some, this is the culmination of a long process of thought, prayer and investigation into the Catholic Church. For others, this may be the beginning of a journey and the start of a deeper relationship with God. The RCIA process takes this into account and seeks to attend to individual needs while forming a sense of community and common journey. Please note that there should never be any pressure to become a Catholic.
RCIA consists of weekly meetings during which we cover the basics of Catholic doctrine and practice and seek to grow in faith, knowledge and prayer. We also invite those who are seeking to participate in the Word (by studying and learning the faith), Worship (by hearing the Word of God, becoming familiar with the Mass or deepening your understanding of it), Service (by answering the call of Christ to serve others), and Community(by building relationships within our parish community). We have an amazing parish made up of individuals longing to share their faith in these ways.
Additionally, those who have not been baptized participate in dismissal sessions during Sunday Mass, where they break open the Scriptures to reflect on their meaning and the application in our lives.
Inquiry Sessions are always underway. Please contact Teresa Oross to set up a personal meeting.
Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)
What is the Children’s Catechumenate? The Children’s Catechumenate is a process for children who are seven years or older, who have not yet been baptized, and who would like to be fully received into the Catholic Church (that is, receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist). Children who are seven years or older, who have been baptized in another faith, or have received little or no formal faith formation in the Catholic Church and have not received his or her First Communion are also invited to participate in the process to prepare them for the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
The process helps children learn the faith of the Catholic Church in a small community environment. Along with the support of their families and sponsors, the children learn about the Catholic faith through the study of Scripture, the Mass, and the Sacraments. There is also a heavy emphasis on prayer.
RCIC consists of weekly meetings during which we cover the basics of Catholic doctrine and practice and seek to grow in faith, knowledge and prayer.