Becoming Catholic

 

“Interested in becoming Catholic or know someone who is? The Catholic Church’s process of faith discovery and formation, known as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (or RCIA), will be beginning at Holy Spirit Catholic Community in just a few weeks.

What is RCIA?

RCIA is the process in which people are welcomed into the Catholic Christian community and introduced to the Catholic way of life. This process (restored after Vatican II) reflects a process of learning and accompaniment that was part of early Christian formation.  This gradual process of conversion may take anywhere from a few months to several years, depending on the religious background and readiness of each individual. No one is pressured to make a decision until they are ready. The process includes instruction in not only what Catholics believe, but is a call to a new way of life in Christ. Through the process, people gradually learn what it means to be Catholic not just by hearing it, but also experiencing Catholic life and worship from inside the parish community.

Who is RCIA for?

RCIA welcomes all people who feel drawn to Christ and his Church.  This includes people from no particular church background, Christians from Protestant denominations, and men and women from other religions. Catholic adults who were baptized but never confirmed and who want to be received into full communion with the Church are encouraged to participate in RCIA.

 The Details…

We will begin Sunday, September 15th and conclude on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020. Those prepared will be received into the Church at the Easter Vigil service on April 11, 2020.

  • There is no cost to participate.  A Bible, Catechism, a participant binder and online learning resources will be provided.
  • The first session is scheduled to begin in the St Anthony Room (upstairs in the Parish Life Center) on September 15, 2019immediately following the 11:00 am Mass at St. Anthony’s Chapel (approximately 12:00 pm). 
  • Each session will last approximately 1 ½ hours.

Please contact the Parish Office 232-1196 or Thomas Smith at [email protected] to setup an introductory meeting with staff before sessions begin in September.