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The Rite of Christian Initiation
Do you often wonder why Catholics do things the way they do?
Do you have questions about becoming Catholic?
Were you baptized Catholic but never received the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist or Confirmation?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then perhaps RCIA is the right program for you!
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is the process through which interested adults and older children are introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life.
The RCIA process is normally a one year process, although this can vary according to personal situations. It includes 4 periods:
The Inquiry Period introduces the interested person to basic information about the Catholic faith and fundamentally communicates the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Inquirers are invited to initial conversion and although there is no obligation at this time, classes are intended to help them decide whether they would like to continue to learn more about the faith.
The Period of the Catechumenate is an extended time in which Catechumens (those not baptized) and Candidates (those validly baptized) are given pastoral formation and guidance aimed at training them in the Christian life.
The Period of Purification and Enlightenment, which corresponds with Lent, is intended to increase introspection and coming closer to God. The aim of this period is to eliminate what is weak and sinful, and affirm what is holy.
The Period of Mystagogy is a special time during Easter in which the neophyte (newly initiated person) deepens their understanding of the mysteries of faith and are more fully immersed in the life of the Church.
For more information, please contact:
Fr. David Raymond or Deacon Albert Burleigh at the rectory 532-2871
or Lynette Dobbs, OFS (RCIA Coordinator) at 532-6713
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