The Journey to Becoming Catholic
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)The Catholic Church warmly welcomes adults interested in becoming Catholic. Without doubt, God has been at work in your life, drawing you closer to himself and his Church. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adult men and women are initiated into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. The process spans through four periods of discernment with rites of celebration marking each step along the way. Prior to initiation, participants receive Catechetical instruction, Scripture reflection, faith sharing, prayer and liturgical rites aimed at helping participants be strengthened spiritually and at the proper time receive the sacraments fruitfully. Properly speaking, RCIA is for those adults who are not baptized in the Christian faith. However, it is also suitable for baptized adults who desire to join the Catholic Church, and for Catholic adults who have not yet received the sacrament of confirmation.
At St. Odilia, sessions meet weekly from mid-September until after Easter on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8pm in the Library. An RCIA class is offered in Spanish on Sunday mornings from 11:15am-12:45pm in the Library. RCIA team leads the group in catechetical instruction using the Symbolon resource, large group and small group discussion, prayer and catholic identity understanding. Catechumens and Candidates choose sponsors to accompany them on this journey of faith.