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 are designed for adults, either unbaptized or baptized in another faith tradition, who would like to know more about the Catholic Church. Learn more here
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
RCIA Contact Information
Phone: (717) 533-7168
The ordinary sessions of the Catechumenate run from early September through May of each year. Sessions take place on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Parish Center. These sessions are designed to provide a structured and systematic introduction to the Christian faith in the Catholic tradition.
Baptized Christian seeking full communion with the Catholic Church.
For individuals who were Baptized in another Church but now want to join the Catholic Church please contact Earl Tropp at etropp@stjoanhershey,org
Depending on your Religious education background we will design a program to fit your situation. There is no set time of the year for instruction.
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
359 West Areba Ave.
Hershey, PA 17033
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