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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

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RCIA is a faith journey for those seeking full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. This includes adults who are not baptized, those baptized in another faith tradition, Catholics who have not completed their initiation Sacraments, and children age 7 and above who have not been baptized.
We also welcome all Catholics who wish to deepen their understanding of our Church or want to share their experiences with those making this journey. Many of our parishioners volunteer on our RCIA team and serve as sponsors for our Candidates and Catechumens who will enter the Church during the Easter Vigil or at other confirmation dates.
We meet in the John Bosco Center from 7-8:30 p.m. on Mondays, from September through Pentecost, with a few exceptions during holidays.
Our mission leads us to the great Easter Vigil, during which our Church each year welcomes new Catholics into our faith community as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord - the pinnacle of our faith and Liturgical Year.
Our formation sessions include lessons and presentations on a variety of topics, from faith and prayer through sacraments, incarnation and the resurrection of our Lord. The sessions are designed to encourage discussion, to answer questions and to explore our faith and traditions as we grow closer to Jesus and discern his call for each of us. Our sessions typically conclude with reflection and conversation about the Scripture readings for the following Sunday.
We begin with several inquiry sessions that allow participants to learn and to ask questions as they discern whether they feel called to the Catholic Church.
The formation costs nothing but your time, you heart and your devotion.
If you feel God may be calling you to this journey, or if you simply have questions, please join us in the RCIA, or contact 98bd7cc4cec1c2997ec9bdc5c8d0cb96c0c1bdbfcbcacfd0c1d2c1ca9cc1cfccc5cec5d0d1cfbdcad0cb8abfbf7e7cd0bdcec3c1d0997ebbbec8bdcac77e9a7ca0c1bdbfcbca7cafd0c1d2c1ca988bbd9a7cbdd07c938e928994909393887cd48f8d8c7c sH6IVm6kuyCVSYN9AAUyJn2f8k4aoXe caesar This page part is protected against spam bots and web crawlers. In order to be displayed you need to enable Javascript in your browser, and then reload the page.

Who does RCIA serve?

  • Anyone who has never been baptized
  • Those baptized in another Christian denomination
  • Those baptized as Catholics who never competed the Sacraments of Initiation – Confirmation and/or Eucharist.
  • Those who have reached the age of 7 and have not yet been baptized. These young people will join adults in baptism, communion and confirmation at the Easter Vigil.

The Faith Journey:
The Rite of Initiation of Adults proceeds along the following steps:

Inquiry or Pre-Catechumenate – This is a time to explore, to ask questions and to become acquainted with the Catholic faith and with each other as you discern God’s presence and call in your life.

Rite of Acceptance/Welcoming – At this step, the candidates examine their hearts and choose whether to continue this faith journey, or perhaps to pause and try another time. There is no pressure on anyone to do anything other than what he or she feels called to do; nor is there any judgment.

Catechumenate – Formation continues with more teaching about the Church, its beliefs and practices, and what is means to be a Catholic Christian as we come to know our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, more intimately and examine our lives as disciples.

Rite of Sending/Election – You are sent forth by our Espiritu Santo community to meet Bishop Gregory Parkes at the Cathedral of St. Jude in St. Petersburg. God has called us to relationship, and we respond as his elect.

Purification and Enlightenment – This time includes examination and focus on where you are and how you live your life. It is a period of reflection and purification that coincides with the Lenten season. The elect are working to remove impediments in their relationships with God and others.

Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation - the Rites of Initiation - are conferred at the Easter Vigil Mass for those who  are not baptized. Confirmations for adults already baptized are scheduled December 9, March 17 & May 25

Mystagogy - This is an important period from Initiation to Pentecost to deepen your Christian experience, for spiritual growth and to explore what it means to be an active Catholic. As a neophyte, you are introduced more fully into the life and unity of the faith community and the call to various ministries. The journey of faith continues as we are called to live our baptismal promise as disciples and the hands and feet of Christ.

 

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