The Sacraments of Christian initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist – lay the foundations of every Christian life.
“The sharing in the divine nature given to men (and women) through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the Sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these Sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.” (CCC, 1212)
Initiation of Children 12 Years and Older (RCIC)
Unbaptized children who are twelve years of age or older are considered “adults” and receive all three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil. They enroll in our Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) program and receive additional instruction throughout the school year to prepare them for these sacraments. The RCIC Inquiry meeting will take place on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm in Sullivan Hall. Classes will continue in conjunction with the teen Confirmation classes on Thursday evenings in Sullivan Hall from 6:45 – 8:15 pm with some exceptions and will conclude at the Easter Vigil Mass on April 12, 2020.
This process, also called Children’s Catechumenate, is for children from 12 years to 18 years of age who have not been baptized or have been baptized in another Christian denomination. These children may not have been catechized, nor have they received the sacraments of Confirmation or Eucharist. The final decision to join the church is up to the individual family and child.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Starting with an Informational Inquiry Night on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Fireside Room, the RCIA class will then meet every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:00 PM in the Parish Office Fireside Conference Room. Everyone is welcome!
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is designed for adults ages 18+ who are freely seeking the living God. Through God, they will be strengthened spiritually as they prepare to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
RCIA is composed of four periods:
- Inquiry: This is the initial period before one decides to enter the Catholic Church. This is a time of discernment and of asking questions. During this time, you do not need to commit.
- Catechumenate: Those adults who have decided to commit to entering the Church are developing their faith and are learning the tenants of the Catholic faith and are committed to embracing the Gospel values.
- Purification and Preparation: This period helps the catechumens to focus intently on the Catholic faith as they prepare to commit their life to Christ and His Church. This period concludes with initiation, the culmination of the whole process. Reception into the Catholic Church happens at the Easter Vigil.
- Mystagogy: This period after reception into the Church at Easter, lets our newest members learn more about the mysteries of our faith, as they are now able to fully participate in the Mass and Sacraments. It is also a time to reflect and to continue to learn more about the faith.
First Information Inquiry Session is Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Please contact Laurie McCloskey at 364-7900 to sign up! This year, the RCIA sessions will be led by Fr. Maurer, Laurie McCloskey, and a small team of catechists.
If you love your faith and would like to help mentor someone on their journey, please sign up to become a sponsor or join the RCIA team. Please contact Fr. Maurer or Laurie McCloskey in the Parish Office at 364-7900.
The RCIA instructs and assists those adults who wish to journey toward initiation or full communion with the Catholic Church. Who does this include?
- An unbaptized adult. The primary focus of the Rite of Christian Initiation is on those who are not already Christian and have not been catechized. They are referred to as catechumens. They attend Sunday Mass and a catechetical session weekly and are baptized at the Easter Vigil.
- Baptized but uncatechized. Adults who have been baptized either as Roman Catholic or as a member of another Christian community but did NOT receive further catechetical formation or instruction are called candidates. Their initiation will include receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, usually at the Easter Vigil.
- Those seeking full Communion with the Catholic Church. These are adults who are baptized, practicing Christians from other faith traditions who seek entry in the Catholic Church and wish to complete their initiation by receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. They are also referred to as candidates.
Catechumens and Candidates are received into the Church at the Easter Vigil.