The Journey to Becoming Catholic
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)
Are you looking to become Catholic? Maybe you have never been baptized or were baptized in a different Christian tradition, or perhaps you received Baptism as a child in the Catholic Church but never received your First Communion or Confirmation. If any of these strike a chord with you, then RCIA is the place for you!
RCIA is a process by which parishes welcome new members of the Catholic Church through education, faith sharing, and rituals known as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, also known as RCIA. This process includes several stages marked by prayer, study, and discussion, and community building. Included in the process are several Rites, which take place within the context of the Mass. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) describes RCIA as a process in which participants "undergo . . . conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments".
The RCIA is tailored to the needs of each individual and one may take as much time as he or she needs in the initiation process before becoming ready for full initiation through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. It is a process rather than an educational program and this process takes place within the community of the faithful, the local Church. All that is truly required is a sincere desire to learn, grow, and develop one’s relationship with God.
Who is RCIA for?
- The Unbaptized (catechumens): anyone who has never been baptized and who is seeking to grow in awareness of God’s call to conversion as well as ways to respond to that call.
- Those Baptized in another Christian Church(candidates): Anyone baptized in another Christian denomination who wishes to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.
- Those Baptized Catholic, but who did not receive Confirmation or Catholic Formation (Candidates): Anyone baptized as a child who did not receive instruction in the Catholic Faith or who did not relieve their other Sacraments of initiation.
What to expect?
At St. Odilia, sessions meet weekly from September until after Easter on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 pm. If you are a Spanish speaker, we also offer RCIA in Spanish on Sunday mornings from 11:15 am-to 12:45 pm. The RCIA team leads the group in catechetical instruction using the Symbolon resource, large group and small group discussion, and prayer.
In early October, the unbaptized (Catechumens) and the baptized (Candidates) choose sponsors to accompany them on this journey of faith. During Lent, there are a series of blessings during the mass to prepare those seeking Baptism to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. At the Easter Vigil (the night before Easter), those who desire to become members of the Catholic Church are brought into full communion with the church. See the schedule below for full details.
How to sign up?
1. Use the RCIA Inquiry Form to contact Gizella Miko and set up an initial meeting.
2. Once you have had your initial meeting with Gizella, use the RCIA Registration form for us to gather important information so that we can best serve your needs.
3. Gizella will add you to the RCIA newsletter which gives updates on important RCIA events, classes, and important upcoming information.
Gizella (Gizzy) Miko, Director of Discipleship and Formation 651.415.3331 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Community of St. Odilia, 3495 Victoria N., Shoreview, MN 55126