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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 Sept 1, 2015 7-8:30 p.m.. It also includes participating in the Sunday Mass at 9:00am and after the homily, going forth to reflect on the word of God. Each week the sessions focus on particular topics about the Christian faith and 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, deacon, & professional lay ministers.) The Easter Vigil - the most solemn Liturgy of the Church year - is ordinarily when the Church receives its new members. This year the Easter Vigil is Saturday, March 26, 2016. RCIA sessions continue until July 12, 2016.


Can't wait to get started with your RCIA journey? Enjoy these Journey of Faith Inquiry Sessions until we get started as a group in the fall!
Q1 Your Journey of Faith
Q2 What Do Catholics Believe
Q3 What Is the Meaning of the Mass
Q4 The Bible
Q5 How Do Catholics Interpret the Bible
Q6 The Saints
Q7 Mary
Q8 Places in the Catholic Church
Q9 Who's Who in the Church
Q10 Prayer
Q11 Catholics Practices
Q12 Catholics and the Church

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Journey of Faith Lent Sessions
L1 What is Lent?
L3 Take a Look
L4 The Nicene Creed
L5 The Way of the Cross
L7 The Meaning of Holy Week
Journey of Faith Mystagogy
M1 Conversion

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