What Does the Catholic Church Teach and Believe? This process of learning the faith is a part of the Adult RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). These Inquiry Sessions, starting in June, are designed for adults, either unbaptized or baptized in another faith tradition, who would like to know more about the Catholic Church. Learn more
Assignments for class this week:
Video 1: Introduction to Theology of the Body: Christopher West
Video 2: Lenten Parish Mission, Evening 3 - Fr. Rothan
Note: If you have any questions, please bring them to class next week.
What is the RCIA?
“The rite of Christian initiation . . . is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully.” (RCIA, 1)
Jesus invites us to “come and see” what life with Him can be
“The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God.’ The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them,’ Come, and you will see.’ So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Anointed).” – John 1:35-41
The Journey of Christian Initiation
RCIA is a gradual coming to Christ. It occurs in steps which are arranged to assist the individual journey of each person. The community of faith supports and encourages the person through prayer, common reflection on the Word of God, the study of the Christian tradition, and by example, through living out fully the Christian way of life.
The steps of the RCIA are:
Parish RCIA Information
Coordinator: Ms. Mary Spaeder
The Pre-Catechumenate meets a few times during the summer on Wednesdays from 6:30pm-7:30pm. This is for all those who might have an initial curiosity about the Christian faith in the Catholic tradition. These sessions are informal and provide the opportunity to simply “come and see”, asking questions in a comfortable environment.
The ordinary sessions of the Catechumenate last from early September through May of each year. They occur on Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm. These sessions are designed to provide a structured and systematic introduction to the Christian faith in the Catholic tradition.
Anyone interested in more information can contact Ms. Mary Spaeder at the Parish Office or one of the priests.