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RCIA - Becoming Catholic 


BEGINS SEPTEMBER 29, 2021




Thinking about becoming Catholic or just want to learn about Catholicism? The Catholic Church warmly welcomes you on this journey of exploration and discernment!


WHAT IS RCIA?



 

RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation. This collaborative process of study, exploration, faith sharing, and faith formation is the first step in being fully initiated into the Catholic Church. During this process participants are introduced to the liturgy, the teachings, and the life of the Catholic Church.

WHEN DO SESSIONS MEET?



 

Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 pm (September through April) in the parish center

WHAT WILL I LEARN?



 

You’ll explore Catholic beliefs, history, and the beauty of our rituals. Some topics will include:
Scripture and the Sacraments
God, Son and Holy Spirit
Church history and the papacy
Heaven and hell
Mary and the saints
The problem of evil; sin and reconciliation
Conscience, moral decision making, justice

WHO JOINS RCIA?



 

People interested in learning about Catholicism
People who have never been baptized
People who have been baptized in another Christian faith tradition and are now interested in the Catholic tradition
People who were baptized in the Catholic tradition, but were not raised Catholic, and are seeking the sacrament of Confirmation.

REGISTER

 


 

2021-22 RCIA INSTRUCTOR


Hello! My name is Rebekah Taylor. I entered the Catholic Church in 2004 in California and have been connected to STM since about 2015. I have been serving as a catechist in the RCIA program at STM for the past 4 years. As a convert myself, it is one of the great privileges of my life to accompany others on their journey into the Church I love so much. 
I have a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, a Master's Degree in Social Work, and I am currently working on my Master's of Divinity. I love to geek out on all things God and Church; any and all questions on these topics are welcome in our class! Whether you are firm in your desire to enter the Church or are still seeking and exploring, I hope you will consider joining us.

             

ABOUT THE RCIA PROCESS

 



Period of Inquiry, or Pre-catechumenate


Inquirers are invited to deepen their understanding of how God has been active in their lives, and begin to learn what the Catholic Church believes, teaches and proclaims to be revealed by God.

 

 

Rites of Acceptance and Welcome (mid-November)


Inquirers are recognized by the Church as genuinely seeking greater instruction and formation. Dismissals begin, where RCIA participants depart Sunday Mass after the homily to go study the Word of God together.

 

 

Period of the Catechumenate


The catechumens (non-baptized) and candidates (baptized) reflect more deeply on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His Church, and their personal journeys of faith.

 

 

Rite of Election (Mid-February)


The catechumens are welcomed by the bishop and declared “elect” in the sight of the Church—as legitimately seeking baptism. Candidates are also blessed by the bishop.

 

 

Period of Purification and Enlightenment (Lent)


Those elected for Baptism together with the candidates deepen their prayer and examine their lives more closely as they prepare to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation.

 

 

Rites of Initiation (Easter)


The elect and candidates profess their faith and receive their Sacraments of Initiation at the Great Vigil of Easter, welcomed into full communion with the Catholic Church.

 

 

Period of Mystagogy


The newly initiated persons reflect further on the mystery of the Easter Sacraments and become more integrated into the community of the Church as faith-filled and active disciples of the Lord.

 



WHAT IF I'M STILL HESITANT?

Feel free to contact Fr. RJ to discuss your particular concern or situation. There will be no obligation or pressure and your confidentiality will be respected. RCIA is a process that encourages discernment. We will respect the conscience and decision of every inquirer if he or she decides not to continue the process at any point.

             


REGISTER HERE!



 

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