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RITE OF CHRISTIAN

INITIATION OF ADULTS

(RCIA)

We Welcome You

What is RCIA?

RCIA is the name commonly used for the process of adults becoming Catholic.  These initials come from a book called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. For many people, the term “RCIA” has come to mean a long series of classes about Catholic beliefs. Rather than “Catholic classes,” the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults calls for a wide-ranging process of initiation that does include instruction about Catholic beliefs and practices, but also helps the new Christians gradually grow and learn. Those on the journey learn to pray, have faith in God, follow Jesus, to become acquainted with the parish, to take part in service, to practice love of others, to join in worship, and so on. This process of making new Christians is meant to be a training in all aspects of Christian life.  Christian Initiation engages new members in all four key areas of religion:  beliefs, morality, worship, and community.

Is There a Timeline?

Although meetings on particular topics occur beginning in September, please reach out at anytime and we will gladly begin walking the journey with you now!  How long "RCIA" takes is adapted according to the individual. There is no time frame for the Holy Spirit. It might even take a few years for you, and that's okay! 

Rites and Steps in the Process

The RCIA is a series of rites for the initiation of new believers before, during, and after baptism. It is marked by steps for people as they progress toward becoming Christians, initiate them with sacraments, and integrate them into the parish as full members.  The journey is not over when it’s time for the sacraments, but reaches its climax with baptism, confirmation, and eucharist at the Easter Vigil.  It continues for the Easter Season (Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday) as new believers reflect on their experience of celebrating the sacraments in the midst of the parish community. 

I am Already a Baptized Christian. Is RCIA for me?

In short answer, no, but keep reading!  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults was written to help people who seek to become Christians and followers of Jesus Christ.  For those baptized validly in another Christian denomination, we honor the dignity of your baptism and recognize your unity with us! The longer Rites and process described above are for people who are not yet Christians and have not been baptized. This does not mean you won't participate in regular "RCIA" sessions; It just means that you are on a journey that is a little different. Baptized Christians who desire to transfer membership into the Catholic Church celebrate a ritual called Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church.  In this Rite, the Church asks for the parish to provide a preparation that is both doctrinal and spiritual, suited to the needs of the individual person.  You are welcome to inquire about this process at any time. 

What Should I Do Next? 

Reach out to us at anytime! RCIA meetings begin again on Mondays in September, but please do not hesitate to inquire at any time of the year. Please join us if you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith.

For more information, please contact

Elizabeth Otte, DRE

513-831-3353 Ext 104

or at  cre@setonmilford.org 

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