Are you looking to join the Catholic Church?
Do you want to receive the Sacraments of Initiation?
(either Baptism, Holy Communion or Confirmation)
Are you looking to learn more about the Catholic Church and grow deeper in your faith?
If you fit any of these, RCIA might be a good place for you to start.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a journey in which you experience support, discovery, and fellowship. It is for any adult who is looking to start or deepen their faith journey by preparing to receive any of the Sacraments of Initiation or for anyone who is looking to learn more about their Catholic faith and grow deeper in it.
RCIA Classes at St Patrick’s
Classes at St Patrick’s are held on Thursday Evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm September – April.
The RCIA process has several distinct stages. These Catholic RCIA stages are a good model of faith development itself, and can be used for anyone who wants to pursue a deeper faith life and continue to grow as a Catholic Christian. We will be covering a whole range of topics focusing on Scripture and the Sacraments with a specifically Catholic lense. At the same time we will be following the four formal stages of the traditional RCIA model. These stages are as follows:
- Inquiry: the initial period before you decide to enter the Catholic Church. You’re asking questions and checking it out, but aren’t yet ready to commit.
- Catechumenate: those who decide to enter the Church and are being trained for a life in Christ are called catechumens, an ancient name from the early Church. In this stage, you’re developing your faith and are being “catechized” – learning catechism, or the basic points about Catholic faith and life.
- Purification and preparation: The Church will help you focus and intensify your faith as you prepare you to commit your life to Christ and be received into the Church at Easter. If you’re following the RCIA process, you’ll go through a beautiful series of Gospel-based meditations during Lent, which is the time frame of this period.
- Initiation itself, the culmination of the whole process! You’re received into the Church during the Easter Vigil Mass, where you’ll receive the sacraments of initiation: baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist. (If you’ve already been baptized, you won’t be baptized again.)
- Mystagogy: after reception into the Church at Easter, this period lets you reflect and learn more about the mysteries of the Mass and the Sacraments that you now participate in fully.
Where do you begin?
Beginning this journey can be confusing and unclear as to where to start and how to proceed. Fr. Leo and the Augustine Institute with Symbolon have some practical general suggestions about how to start and or continue that journey. If this is something you would like to pursue with the St. Patrick’s community please contact Meagan Milstead firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for this journey.