Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – RCIA

R.C.I.A   2017-2018





What is RCIA?

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is an ongoing process designed to welcome new members into the Church. The focus of the RCIA is centered on Jesus as Lord, celebrated through sacrament and community. Through this weekly program, individuals meet prayerfully reflect and grow in their faith, and at the same time, the parish is called to renewal of faith and living out the call of Baptism to serve.

Over the years many Catholics have taken advantage of this program to deepen their understanding of their faith, and many non-Catholics have been better enlightened in the teachings of Catholicism. Parishioners are invited to be a part of this faith-filled group by sponsoring a candidate, or to be a companion sharing your faith and welcoming inquirers to learn about Catholicism. The RCIA group meets weekly from September to Pentecost (May or June).

What is the cost?

There is no cost to attend RCIA. Study materials are provided.

Do I have to commit to joining the Church to start the classes?

No. You can start the classes and, at various points during the program, you will be asked if you would like to continue moving forward in anticipation of joining the Church at the Easter Vigil.

What topics are covered?

Any topic you might have questions about can be addressed. Some topics include: the Holy Trinity, faith, the hierarchy of the Church, the Bible, interpretation of the Bible, the Mass, the real presence of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist, the saints, Mary, prayer, church history, purgatory, heaven and hell, the dignity of life, contraception, penance, and the sacraments.

Who teaches the classes?

The classes are conducted by Rev. Stephen P. Kelley, Pastor, and the RCIA team. Members of the RCIA team will lead each class. Each class begins with a prayer and Bible reading then we discuss the topic(s) of the day. Weekly topics are assigned before each class to allow time for reading and reflection. Questions are always encouraged. We utilize the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church in RCIA instruction.