Becoming a Catholic – RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

For all interested in the Catholic faith:

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process for adults who desire to join the Catholic faith and for those seeking more information on the Catholic Church.  RCIA can also be a method for Catholics to complete their reception of the initiation sacraments.  The manual used in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults states that the Rite is designed for adults “who after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God.” The manual also states when speaking about those in the process “By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time receive the sacraments fruitfully.”

The Cathedral offers RCIA classes for those who are hearing the “mystery of Christ’ and “seek the living God.”  The overall goal of the class offered by the Cathedral is to provide participants with a substantial introduction into the teachings, traditions and beliefs of the Catholic Church. Our RCIA will help to inspire the RCIA participants into living an active and faithful Catholic life. The Cathedral offers weekly classes that explain Catholic doctrine and faith while also addressing other Catholic topics that are current or important to those interested in the Catholic Church.  Our RCIA classes are designed to help each participant encounter Jesus through their study, reflection and discussion of the Catholic Church.

The RCIA at the Cathedral is a year round process.  It is never too early or too late to inquiry about the Catholic faith.  We at the Cathedral are ready to reach out to anyone interested in exploring the possibility of becoming Catholic and to welcome those who wish to become part of our faith community.  There is never any pressure or obligation to actually become Catholic.

Please contact Deacon John Basco at either (318) 221-5296 or deacon@sjbcathedral.org  to set up an introductory meeting.  This meeting will provide you with more specific information pertaining to the RCIA process.

 

Have you ever asked yourself the following questions?

– How is the Catholic Christian faith different from other Christian religions?
– Will being a member of the Catholic Church make a difference in my life?
– Will being a Catholic help me develop and strengthen my relationship with God?
– Will my participation in the Mass and the sacraments really enhance the fullness of life for me that is promised in the Scriptures and help me in my pilgrimage to heaven?

If you have asked yourself any of these questions, the RCIA process will help you answer them. Life is a journey on which a person is constantly learning, growing, and changing. This process is a step in that journey and lays the groundwork, through information and experiences, in helping you decide if you want to be a member of the Catholic faith. The RCIA will provide you the opportunity to ask questions, pray, and experience what is meant by being a Catholic Christian and entering into a relationship with God and the Catholic community.

You may be wondering: Who can be part of the RCIA ?

– Someone who has never been baptized.
– Someone who has been baptized in another faith tradition, but who wishes to join the Catholic faith.
– A person who has been baptized a Catholic, but not fully catechized, that is, not having received their first Holy Communion and/or the sacrament of Confirmation.
We enthusiastically welcome you to join us on our spiritual journey. If you have an interest or know of someone who may be interested in the Church, please give us a call (221-5296).

Why an Interview?

If you or someone you know has never been baptized; baptized in another faith tradition; or baptized in the Catholic Faith, but have not received Eucharist and/or Confirmation, this is for you. We ask you to call the office for a brief interview. This is not something that obligates you in any way whatsoever. It is intended to help us to better minister to you.

Why do we need an interview?

• We need your name, address, etc., so that we can communicate with you.
• We will need to know whether you have been validly baptized or not.
• We will need to ascertain whether there is a prior marriage, which may require attention should you decide to join the Church.
• We will need to establish whether or not you will need nursery service and for how many.
• To give you a brief overview of the process.
• To become familiar with any particular difficulty you may have, such as, “Is Sunday morning good or not?”
• To explain the role of the Sponsor and to get the name, address, telephone number, etc.
• To get information so that we can prepare nametags and sign-in sheets for the Inquirers, as well as the Sponsors.
• To provide an opportunity for the Inquirer to ask questions beforehand.

If you or someone you know is interested in exploring the Catholic Faith, please call us. We would love to hear from you.
If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, contact us – 221-5296.
God bless you.

What do I need to know to be an RCIA sponsor?

Sponsors do not have to know everything about the Church – they are not the catechists for the inquirers, but rather are the RCIA candidate’s companion on their journey of faith. Sponsors serve as a representative of the Church and assist the RCIA candidate as they prepare to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and/or Confirmation. Sponsors serve as a guide/example for the candidate. Sponsors introduce the candidate to the parish & the parish to candidate, by attending Mass, social gatherings & other events together.

Time commitment from the sponsor:

The Church asks that sponsors be present for the candidate at the several Rites throughout the process and at as many of the RCIA sessions throughout the year as able.

The RCIA process helps Sponsors grow in faith:
In addition to guiding the candidate on their journey in the faith, the RCIA process also allows the sponsor to, while on their own faith journey, review the teachings of the Church and grow in their love of God, neighbor and their faith!

Requirements for Sponsors:

Must be: 16+ years of age, confirmed, living a prayer-filled & faith-filled life and in good standing with the Catholic Church.If not a registered parishioner of St. John’s, please ask your pastor to mail us a letter stating that you are in good standing in your parish. If you or someone you know is interested in exploring the Catholic Faith, please call us. We would love to hear from you.

We enthusiastically welcome you to join us on our spiritual journey. If you have an interest or know of someone who may be interested in the Church, please email or call Carol (221-5296). God bless you.

 

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) has been identified mistakenly as ‘convert classes’.  While RCIA is the manner for unbaptized adults and adults of other Christian Churches to become members of the Catholic Church, RCIA deeply touches all aspects of Church life. In short, RCIA is the way we are Church. RCIA is a prayer of the Church that springs from God the Father’s relentless and passionate desire that all respond to the offer of Divine Love in His Son, Jesus the Christ, and manifest that love in the power of the Holy Spirit as members of the Body of Christ to the world.

To search, to belong, to mature, to be nourished, to continue growing, to love and be loved: these and others are fundamental stirrings of the human heart. Our lives are lived in a manner of seeking satisfaction of these very deep hungers throughout the journey of life. RCIA is the experience of discovering that one’s journey is caught up in the mystery of God’s loving plan for all people.

For adults who sense a desire to become members of the Catholic Church, RCIA is the prayerful manner in which the journey to Catholic Christianity unfolds. Ordinarily, the journey follows the Church’s Liturgical Year and culminates in the Celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection at the Easter Vigil.

For adults who are Catholic, RCIA involves a number of ministries such as catechists, sponsors and hospitality to name only a few. Many parishioners have found RCIA to be helpful in their own Faith journey as they come to join in the prayer and teachings that characterize many gatherings of RCIA. These same parishioners have often commented that RCIA enabled the experience of Faith to come alive.

It is never too late to join the RCIA.  Our next class will be starting soon.

Contact Deacon John Basco for more information.

RCIA classes meet Sundays mornings.  The class begins by attending the 8:00 am Mass and breaking open of the Word.  This is followed by a weekly topic with final dismissal at 10:45 am.

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