Sacraments for Adults

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Q: How Do Adults Become Catholic?

A: Through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
Read on for more questions and answers about the RCIA journey of faith…

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process designed for adults who—after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed—freely seek the living God, and desire to enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts.


Q: Who is the RCIA for?

A: The process is for adults and older teens who:· are not baptized and seek to be welcomed into the Catholic Church and its way of life and faith in Jesus Christ through Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist;
 
· were baptized in another Christian denomination and now seek full communion with the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist;
 
· or were Baptized Catholic, but who have not been catechized and now desire to complete their initiation through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist;
 
· RCIA-Adapted for Children is for families with children age 7 & up who are not baptized seeking to become Catholic.
 
If you are a fully catechized practicing Catholic who desires Confirmation, we invite you to attend special sessions that prepare you for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Spring. Please plan to attend at least one of the Inquiry sessions in the Fall to find out more or contact the Faith Formation Office for more information.

Q: What does the RCIA involve?

A: The RCIA is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful. The process includes reflection on a person's individual faith journey and is structured so as to allow time for the person's questions about the Christian faith and the Catholic way of life. It is a spiritual journey, marked by celebrations (or rites) during Mass and witnessed by the faith community. These rites mark the participant's progress as they reach points of their deepening faith on the way to full initiation into the Catholic Church. For most people, the process involves a commitment from the Fall through the Easter Season of the next Spring, concluding with Pentecost Sunday. While the RCIA is a process centered on experiencing God in community, we also work to meet individual needs. If, at any time, a person is not ready to take the next step, that decision is respected. All "marriage impediments" must be resolved before any of the three sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation or Eucharist) can be celebrated. If you are unsure if this applies to you or your spouse, you should meet privately with a priest as soon as possible.

An Outline of the Process

RCIA meets on Tuesdays beginning August 29, 7-8:30 pm. It also includes participating in the Sunday Mass at 9:00 am and after the homily, going out to reflect on the word of God as a group. Each week the sessions focus on topics about how Catholics live their faith (as well as questions you have.) The sessions are led by members of the community of St. Agnes, including members of the Pastoral Staff (priests, deacons, professional lay ministers, and catechists.)  The Easter Vigil—the most solemn Liturgy of the Church year—is ordinarily when the Church receives its new members through Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. This year the Easter Vigil is Saturday, March 31, 2018. RCIA Tuesday night sessions continue until after Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 2018.

RICA se reunirá los domingos a partir de Septiembre 3 de 11:30am-2pm. Se dará inicio en el centro parroquial con sesiones de reflexión. Cada semana la sesión se centrará sobre temas diferentes, acerca de la fe cristiana y cómo los católicos viven la fe, al igual que las preguntas que puedan tener. Estas sesiones serán dirigidas por miembros de la comunidad de St. Agnes, incluyendo miembros de la comunidad pastoral (sacerdotes, diáconos y ministros profesionales). Después, todos participan en la Misa del domingo a la 1pm. La Vigilia Pascual, la liturgia más solemne del año de la Iglesia, es cuando regularmente la Iglesia recibe a los nuevos miembros. Este año la Vigilia Pascual será el sábado 31 de Marzo, 2018 y continúa hasta Pentecostés el domingo 20 de Mayo, 2018.

 
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