Rite of Christian Initiation
There are 2 forms of Christian Initiation practiced at St. Mary.
- Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Adapted for Children
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Welcoming New Members and Renewing Our Parish in Faith
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process by which individuals join the Catholic Church. A new season begins each September, members are brought into the Church at the Easter Vigil, and the sessions culminate with Pentecost.
A team of individuals with past experience facilitate the process. Volunteers are needed for Hospitality, Catechesis and Parish Sponsors. Parishioners always share how rewarding they find their involvement and how much they learn about their own faith. It’s a wonderful opportunity to become active in a small group setting and welcome the “newcomers” to our faith. For more information, please contact our RCIA liaison listed in our Parish Contacts on our Forms page.
R.C.I.A. is for any adult interested in learning about the Church and/or becoming a Catholic Christian. Those just starting the process are called Inquirers. When they become ready to commit to become members of the Church, they move on to the next steps of the process. If they have not been baptized, they are called Catechumens. If they have already been baptized, they are called Candidates.
R.C.I.A. forms today’s inquirers into tomorrow’s faithful, welcomes baptized persons of other faith communities as gifts to enrich our Church, and serves as a sign of the on-going need for conversion and renewal in the St. Mary Community.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Adapted for Children
When a child is registered for PSR with little or no religious education background, it becomes necessary for them to follow an adjusted plan in order to complete the steps toward initiation into the Church.
If the child has not been baptized than they and their parents will be catechized and prepared to receive the sacrament. An age appropriate catechism booklet will be given to the child for completion at home. A catechist will also meet with the child, individually or in a small group, to provide background and instruction in the Catholic faith.
Following baptismal instruction, the child will then be ready to be catechized for reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. When appropriate, every effort will be made to assist the child in attaining a level of knowledge that will permit them to participate in the PSR classroom with their grade level peers.
The RCIA (adapted for Children) Team Leader will meet with the parents and the child to assess when/ if they are ready to receive Reconciliation and First Eucharist and/ or Confirmation. For more information, please contact the RCIAC liaison listed in our Parish Contacts on our Forms page.