Becoming Catholic (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. Click on the following link to learn more about the Catholic faith: http://www.catholicscomehome.org/
Please phone Greg Henkel for more information about RCIA at St. Vincent de Paul. He can be reached at 740-392-4711 or by email at email@example.com.
“Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.” —Matthew 7:7
About RCIA: The Four Stages OF RCIA
The Precatechumenate (“Period of Inquiry”)
A time of evangelization and introduction to basic Catholic life, prayers, liturgical actions, and teachings. Inquirers strive to open their hearts to the Gospel and the workings of the Holy Spirit and be freely converted to the Lord and commit themselves to Him.
This is the period of pastoral formation and suitable instruction in the teachings of the Catholic Faith as well as a time to develop spiritually in prayer, both individually and communally. Candidates and Catechumens receive special blessings and prayers.
Period of Purification and Enlightenment
Beginning the first Sunday in Lent this is an intense period of prayer, continued instruction in the Faith and discernment in preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist). Candidates and Catechumens continue to receive special blessings and prayers.
Period of Post-Baptismal Catechesis (“Mystagogy”) and the Neophyte Year
Period between Easter and Pentecost dedicated to deepen the Christian experience, for spiritual growth, and for entering more fully into the life and unity of the community. The newly Baptized begin their neophyte year.
WHEN DOES RCIA MEET? Our RCIA class meets every Tuesday evening from 7pm to 9pm in the Parish Rectory.
HOW DO I BEGIN RCIA?
Please contact Greg Henkel at the parish rectory for more information about RCIA. He can be reached at 740-392-4711 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALREADY CATHOLIC AND INTERESTED IN HELPING WITH RCIA?
The Role of the Sponsor A sponsor has a privileged opportunity to walk side by side with those who are discerning and preparing to join the Catholic Church. The sponsor’s (or godparent’s) role is primarily to:
- witness their own faith to their designated candidate (or catechumen) by modeling the Christian life;
- assist them at the weekly sessions and help them get acquainted with Catholic life and practices;
- accompany them on certain Sundays for special Rites and at the Easter Vigil;
- give testimony of their candidate’s (or catechumen’s) readiness to be received into the Church.
To be a sponsor (or godparent) one needs to be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church and have already received the sacrament of Confirmation.
The Role of the RCIA Team
The team represents the parish community; the body of Christ. Each team member has a particular leadership role that helps facilitate the process of RCIA.