RCIA - Adult Faith Formation
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a journey toward becoming a full, participating member of the Catholic Church. This modern rite was restored in the late 1970s, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, but it is based on the ancient "order of catechumens," which dates to the earliest years of the church's history.
RCIA is a faith formation process designed primarily for adults who have not been baptized in any faith and are intentionally seeking God in their lives. Additionally, it is for those baptized in other faiths, as well as baptized Catholics who have never completed their sacraments of initiation, specifically confirmation and Eucharist.
Those who seek God as an adult have an opportunity to foster a closer relationship with him. RCIA helps people develop that relationship and discover great spiritual growth. Instructors teaching the fullness of the faith and relating it to holy Scriptures serve as guides. Individuals are aided by personal sponsors and a community of individuals with the shared interest of seeking out and coming to know God more closely.
The RCIA program guides the catechumen or candidate through four periods of development and three rites. Each rite marks the transition from one period to the next.
Please refer to the diocese website for further information.
Faith Formation for Our Children
Our children will need a strong faith to grow up in today's world. The seeds of faith are planted and nourished by the family of the child. The parents, also known as the domestic church, can best teach by example; parents who pray, celebrate Mass and the sacraments, and live Christian lives provide a strong faith foundation for their children. It is the parish family that helps the parents, by providing programs to build on the foundation provided by the parents. Our parish classes are held on Sunday from 9:30 am to 10:45 am unless otherwise noted on the schedule. Heidi Pane, along with Father Jim and a dedicated staff of volunteers, direct the teaching provided to our children.