RCIA for 2019-2020 begins Tuesday, August 27, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.
RCIA, or Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, is a program through which the Catholic way of life is presented. Participants get to know and grow in relationship with Christ.
Our Commitment: Through RCIA you will learn how the Catholic faith believes you can know God's love, and how you are invited by Him to share in it. Those interested can learn more about the Catholic Church. If you choose to join us, we will willingly walk with you on your journey in learning your new faith. The program also serves Catholics interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.
What We Do:
You will engage in weekly evening classes and small group discussions that explore the Catholic perspective on: Mary the Mother of Jesus, a look at the Priesthood, and the role of the clergy in the Church, as well as instruction on the Catholic Sacraments.
You are invited to attend Saturday or Sunday Mass, hear the word of God proclaimed, and hear the Pastor's reflections. After receiving a blessing, our group will leave to discuss our experiences and insights as they pertain to the daily word.
Time & Training Required: Evening classes are held once a week August through April. Weekend mass classes begin in November on Saturdays and Sundays and last through Easter.
WHAT DOES RCIA HAVE TO DO WITH ME?
Perhaps you were born Catholic. Perhaps you joined the Church before the time of Vatican II. In current times, hopefully you are aware that non-Catholics may join the Church through the process of Christian Initiation of Adults. Your encounter with this process may be limited if you have not had any close friends or family go through RCIA. At St. John the Baptist Church, you may not attend Saturday 5:30 pm Mass or Sunday 9:00 am Mass and therefore do not see dismissal of the RCIA participants after the homily to Break Open the Word. But they are among us…some for many years. And they now are taking steps to join us in full communion; to join the Catholic Church.
We, as Church, are called communally and individually to be a culture of evangelization. By our Baptism, we are each called to bring the Good News of Christ to our environments. The responsibility is not just for clergy, or the Evangelization pillar. Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium states “Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love.” (§120).
In the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the Church states “the people of God, as represented by the local Church, should understand and show by their concern that the initiation of adults is the responsibility of all the baptized…the entire community must help the candidates and the catechumens throughout the process of initiation. (§9).
Again, Pope Francis: “The Church will have to initiate everyone – priests, religious and laity – into this “art of accompaniment” which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other (cf. Ex 3:5). The pace of this accompaniment must be steady and reassuring, reflecting our closeness and our compassionate gaze which also heals, liberates and encourages growth in the Christian life.” (Evangelii Gaudium §169).
It can be as easy as a smile. PRAY! for the RCIA seeker and their journey, and also for yourself to be an example of hospitality. Be welcoming. Extend an invitation to join in Catholic Christian community at a social activity.
I will try in future postings to bring some clarity to the process, and also keep you current on our progression. Blessings abound!
Irene Haefele, RCIA Coordinator
Inspirations on the Mass
Insights on the Mass - Liturgy of the Word
Father Ray gives insights on the Mass in two parts for the RCIA candidates. This segment focuses on the Liturgy of the Word.