St. Bernadette Parish

2015

 
 

RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is the process through which adults are initiated into the Catholic faith. It is a journey process that is completed over a period of one to two years. On the journey the person is considered an apprentice one who is learning the Catholic way of life by being gradually initiated into the community. The RCIA team and the one on one sponsor play a large role in sharing faith, instruction and guidance along the journey. The parish community through their faithful worship at Sunday Liturgy and their example of doing the Lord’s work contribute greatly to a well rounded apprenticeship.

There are a few basic steps:

1. Initial Interview

This is an opportunity to share, in an informal manner, your faith journey. Your faith journey did not begin with RCIA, nor does it end once you are initiated into the community.

2. Inquiry Groups: Joining the RCIA Process

The best way to begin is to join one of the Inquiry groups. These groups are formed with 8-15 people who are interested in learning more about the faith. Inquiry groups are led by an experienced group of leaders who are knowledgeable in the Catholic faith and understand the 101 questions you might have during this initial period.

3. Transition

From the inquiry stage, you transition to the “Catechumenate” which is the instructional portion of the journey. While it is a time of instruction, the focus of the Catechumenate remains the overall faith formation of the person.

4. Purification and Enlightenment

A period of “Purification and Enlightenment” is the final stage before the reception of the sacrament. This period begins with the Rite of Election when the bishop, on behalf of the Church, accepts you as a candidate for Sacraments at the Easter Vigil. This is a more intense spiritual time, and is marked by several important rites.

5. Reception

People can be received into the Church at any time, but the Easter Vigil, held on Saturday evening before Easter Sunday, is a very special night and the liturgy is most appropriate for the reception of new members, especially those who will be baptized for the first time.

6. Mystagogia

After Easter, there is a period of coming together to reflect on the meaning of living the Christian life. It is also a time for discerning gifts and finding the most appropriate way of putting those gifts at the disposal of the community. Throughout the first year, new Catholics meet about 6-8 times for reflection and fellowship.


For more information, contact Elsie Dixon, RCIA Coordinator

Becoming Catholic

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations.


Baptize them in the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.


Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. 


And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world!


Matthew 28:19-20