The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process through which adults learn about the teachings of Jesus as the Catholic Church has handed them on and put these teachings into practice by living as part of the Catholic community, serving others, and praying.
RCIA is for three groups of people
- Those who have never been baptized in any faith,
- People who were baptized in another Christian faith, and
- Baptized Catholics who have never received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
RCIA has several aspects
Spiritual – candidates attend part of Sunday Mass as a group each week. They learn new ways of praying, and they look into themselves to discover what God is saying to them now.
Educational – candidates learn what the Catholic Church believes about God, about Jesus, about the Bible, and about what the Church teaches.
Community – candidates are encouraged to be part of the parish and to attend parish events and celebrations. Their sponsors are representatives of the parish community.
Service – In the Bible, Jesus directs us to “love your neighbor as yourself”, and lets us know that “whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.” Following Jesus, RCIA asks each candidate to contribute 10 or more hours of service between October and March. Opportunities to do so with Catholic Charities and other organizations will be offered, along with ways to participate and serve in the parish community.
At Holy Name Cathedral, the next RCIA program date is September 17, 2017. The program meets nearly every Sunday morning. The Easter Vigil Mass will be on March 31, 2018 (Holy Saturday- – the night before Easter). At this Mass those who need to be baptized will receive the sacrament, and everyone will receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
The group meeting during the summer twice a month on Wednesday nights and our regular schedule of Sunday morning sessions start September 17. The Sunday classes begin at 9:30 am and will conclude by 12:30 pm.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Some ask if attending RCIA is like taking a course. It is and it isn’t! Most importantly, RCIA is a process which helps a person figure out what God is saying to him or her at this point in life. The emphasis is on personal reflection, prayer, and service to the community. There are also formal presentations on subjects such as God, Jesus, the Sacraments, and the Scriptures. There are no quizzes or exams.
Many ask if a fiancé, spouse, or friend may act as a sponsor. The answer is yes, as long as this person is a baptized and confirmed Catholic. Sponsors are expected to attend all RCIA sessions. Additionally, Holy Name is blessed with a number of parishioners who volunteer to act as sponsors.
What is the charge for RCIA? There is no cost. RCIA is an important component of Holy Name’s mandate to spread the Gospel.
Sometimes people begin RCIA and, after several sessions, realize they are not ready to be received into the Church. There is no pressure to complete the process.
If you are a baptized Catholic who has received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, then RCIA is not the right option for you. Instead, we invite you to explore the Adult Confirmation process.
The program is open. If you are interested in pursuing RCIA or have other questions about becoming Catholic, we encourage you to contact Father Don Cambe for more information.
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