RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
RCIA prepares unbaptized, and those already baptized in another Christian Church, to become full participating members of our Catholic Church. It is also for those baptized as Catholics but who have not received the sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation.
There are various stages of the process: The first stage is called the Pre-Catechunenate. This is for those who are inquiring about becoming Catholic. It is the time to ask questions and search to see if Catholicism is right for them.
The next stage is called the Cathechumenate. It starts with the Right of Welcome and Acceptance which declares the individual's intention to become Catholic at the Easter Vigil.
The third stage is called Purification and Enlightenment. It begins with the Rite of Election at the Cathedral on the first Sunday of Lent. At this rite, the Bishop welcomes the candidates into the Church. The six-week Lenten season is a time for the candidates to examine their hearts for readiness to celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist on Holy Saturday evening.
The final stage is called Mystagogy, which means to "savor the mystery." It is a time for new Catholics to reflect upon the mystery of their discipleship, the love of God and neighbor, and the experience of belonging to the faith community. This stage takes place during the Easter season, which ends on Pentecost Sunday in a celebration of the first coming of the Holy Spirit.
Volunteers are needed to act as sponsors, prayer partners, or coordinators.
Weekly meetings are held September through May.
Adults seeking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation should also attend these classes.
If you are interested in becoming Catholic or if you would like more information about this process at Ste. Genevieve Parish please call.
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