RCIA / Catechumenate
A process for all who are seeking life in Christ...
"For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Matt. 7:8
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, please contact Sister Mary Gowern through the Parish offices.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process (catechumenate) by which a person becomes a Catholic. This Rite was restored through Vatican Council II and was officially sanctioned by the Bishops of the U.S. in 1988.
Persons who have never been baptized or those baptized previously in another Christian tradition enter the process at Epiphany at any time they perceive God's call. The various stages and rites of the process extend over a lengthy period. The exact amount of time is contingent upon where a person is on his/her faith journey. Since a primary purpose of the process is to guide persons into a community of faith, much depends on the degree to which each inquirer is already involved in the community.
A number of ministries are involved in facilitating the journeys of the catechumens and candidates. These are described here. Anyone interested in participating in these ministries is encouraged to contact. Mary Gowern,csj at 245-2733 x20.
- Team: Those who coordinate and plan the entire catecumenate process including the weekly sessions which are lectionary based. Group meets quarterly.
- Catechists: Those who have a fairly good Vatican II theological background and who have some understanding of how adults learn as well as the catechumenal process. They are called upon periodically to give a presentation to the catechumenate.
- Facilitators: Person present at weekly session to facilitate the breaking open of the word and faith sharing as well as introducing the presenter for the evening.
- Dismissal Rite Facilitators: One who leads the discussion of the Sunday readings with the catechumens and candidates when they are commissioned by the Presider to leave the assembly after the homily. Basic qualifications are the ability to reflect prayerfully on the readings and to invite that reflection and sharing from others.
- Sponsors: Active Catholics who accompany the catechumen/candidate to the weekly sessions and to all the liturgical rituals. They meet regularly with the catechumen/candidate during the week to pray and share faith. Sponsors introduce the catechumen/ candidate to others in the community.
- Spiritual Companions: Those Catholic community members who are present for all RCIA activities with the catechumens and candidates. They are not experts in the faith, but have an ability to listen compassionately, to share the experiences of their own faith life, and to be open to how the Holy Spirit leads the catechumens or candidates on their catechumenal journey. Weekly time commitment.
- Liturgy Planners: Planners assist in planning various RCIA liturgies during the year
- Hospitality: Parishioners can volunteer to bring snacks for a one time meeting (Wednesdays - 7-9 p.m.).