RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
Have you been wondering about God?
Do you feel like there is something missing in your life?
Does it seem as though you have a spiritual yearning deep within you that is not fulfilled?
Were you baptized a Catholic, but did not receive First Communion?
Were you baptized, but were not taught the Catholic faith?
Do you feel as though God is calling you in some internal way?
Do you long for more meaning to your life or the life of your family?
If questions like these have been on your mind, then maybe now is the time to respond.
If you have been thinking about becoming Catholic or were baptized Catholic but did not receive faith formation, we would be very pleased to invite you to take the next step. The R.C.I.A. (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the way the Catholic Church welcomes new and returning adults and families to live a Christian life. Learning more about God and developing a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ is something that is truly wonderful!
The R.C.I.A. is a journey of faith. It takes time to properly form an adult understanding of the Catholic way of life. The church wishes to form mature Christians who have learned about the faith through instruction and prayer, in order that they may live lives centered on God.
The R.C.I.A. is modeled after the process of the early Church when adults who wanted to become Christian went through various periods of learning and growth. The length of time by which that formation takes depends somewhat on the individuals themselves. Each section of the journey is marked in periods. The initial period is called the Inquiry. During this section you can learn about the Catholic faith and discern if you would like to continue learning more.
Come and learn about the faith. Create a deep appreciation for what goes on at mass. Jesus said, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). The abundance of God’s love is ready to be poured into your heart.
We meet on Tuesday nights at 7PM. From April through August we meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. From September through Easter we meet every week on Tuesday nights with the exception of holidays.
Spanish speaking R.C.I.A. classes are also available. Please contact the St. Mary’s Office for more information on those meeting times. St. Mary’s Office - 707-448-2390.
Respond to the yearning deep within you.
Call the R.C.I.A. coordinator at 707-372-8919.