Why RCIA?

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 or learn more 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.

Though RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) has been mistakenly identified as ‘convert classes’ it is the procedure 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.

For more information please contact Deacon John Basco at either deacon@sjbcathedral.org  or (318) 221-5296.

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