RCIA is a process to come into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. This is for individuals, adults and children over the age of 7, who are seeking Baptism. It is also for adults that already baptized in another Christian tradition and want to come into the Catholic Church. Lastly it is for individuals that were baptized in the Catholic faith but have not received First Communion and Confirmation.
The process for adults is four parts with various Rites celebrated as they pass from part to part. You begin as an Inquirer (someone initially seeking information about God and the Catholic Church). The second stage is the Catechumenate which gives greater instruction and opportunity to deepen their relationship with God. The third state is Purification and Enlightenment and corresponds to the Lenten Season each year. During this stage the individuals devote themselves more to prayer, reflection and conversion. Stage 4, known as Mystagogy begins with the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter and continues to the Feast of Pentecost and beyond.
Children who are over the age of 7 and have not received baptism enter a two year process of instruction and conversion.
RCIA is designed that at Easter Vigil the individuals that have prepared and seek full communion with the Catholic Church will receive all three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist. Our sessions basically correspond to the traditional school calendar but additional classes and formation may be offered during the summer months.
English classes will be on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Spanish classes will be on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
RCIA adapted for Children (7-17) will be on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. (second year) and Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. (first year).
Kathy Bowman, Director of RCIA 281-435-4342 or [email protected]