RCIA at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer ParishThe Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A) is the process by which people become members of the Roman Catholic Church. Also, R.C.I.A. is for baptized Catholic adults who still need to receive other sacraments. The process is concerned with the total formation of the person into believing with the Church community (doctrinal formation), living with the Church community (practical formation), praying with the Church community (liturgical formation), and serving with the Church community (apostolic formation). This gradual development culminates in the celebration of the initiation sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist at Easter Time.

The process is facilitated by parishioners desiring to share their faith with those inquiring into the Catholic Christian tradition, in a very casual, welcoming environment, in which the needs of each person are considered and respected. RCIA also serves as a vehicle for those who wish to become fully initiated members of the Roman Catholic Church.

For Whom?

  • Adults who want to ask questions about the Catholic Christian Church.
  • Adults who are thinking about joining the Catholic Christian Church.
  • Those already baptized in a Christian Church, who may be considering being received into full communion in the Catholic Christian Church.
  • Baptized Catholics who have not yet been Confirmed.
  • Adults who want a better understanding of the faith of their spouse.
  • Parents whose children attend a Catholic school.

The stages of RCIA:  There are four formal stages in the RCIA: the Precatechumanate, or period of inquiry and evangelization; Catechumenate, which is the time of serious and dedicated formation; the Period of Purification and Enlightenment, which coincides with Lent; and Mystagogy, which lasts from Easter to Pentecost. All of these stages are marked by distinct liturgical rites. Anyone interested in learning more about our beautiful faith are invited to call our pastor or by emailing us using the contact number on our web site.

STAGES

  • The Precatechumenate is a period of inquiry. This is a time for inquirers to share their stories and connect their personal journey to the sacred story of God’s holy people. During this period the inquirers will learn the fundamental elements of the Christian Faith: holy scriptures, the Christian understanding of God, the Creeds, prayer, Church history.
  • The Catechumenate is a period during which candidates continue to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and be instructed into the Roman Catholic expression of the Christian faith. This period is characterized with instruction related to the sacraments, Mary and the saints, the social teaching of the Church, morality, and ethics
  • The Period of Enlightenment and Purification corresponds to the liturgical season of Lent and is intended to be a period of increased introspection and coming closer to God. We are invited to scrutinize our lives – to examine it more closely and allow God’s love and healing overcome our un-freedom.
  • The Period of Mystagogy marks the end of the formal process of Christian formation. During the Easter Season, it is a period of post-initiation catechesis whereby the newly initiated are invited to reflect more deeply on the their baptismal calls in the community as disciples of Jesus. It is a time for discussing stewardship and lay ministry.

Our RCIA program is currently runs on Wednesday evenings.  For more information or if you are a baptized adult wishing to be confirmed please contact a priest through the parish office.  If you are interested in learning about the process through the Spanish-speaking community, please click here.