RCIA is a journey of faith that assists adults in discovering the presence of Jesus in their lives. It is a conversion of heart and mind that leads to full communion with the Catholic Church. This occurs through the prayers and support of the faith community of Espiritu Santo. Parish members as volunteers share their faith and gifts with those attending. Sponsors assist the candidates through the formal part of the process and to assist in the many special events that are a part of the RCIA process. Candidates choose a sponsor who will attend all meetings and special events.
Who should attend RCIA?
The Faith Journey:
The Rite is divided into four distinct periods. The periods are separated by public rites which serve as thresholds, or decision points, on your journey of faith.
You are a:
Prior to the Rite of Acceptance you must select a sponsor to accompany you on this journey. They are to serve you as your guide and role model in living the Christian faith. The person selected must be a baptized, practicing Catholic Christian. Sponsors are encouraged to attend our catechetical sessions and all Rites discussed above. They do not have to be a member of the Espiritu Santo faith community. If you are new to the area or are unable to find a sponsor the RCIA Team will assist you.
|Volunteer Positions||Catechists and Assistants|
|Required of Volunteer||To instruct and to facilitate faith sharing.|
|Experience Necessary||No, but a background in education and a firm understanding of the Catholic Religion and experience in faith sharing is helpful.|
|Training Required||Workshops provided on a national and diocesan level.|
|When is Training||Different times of the year.|
|Time Commitment||Class preparation time and regular meeting times; special events such as Rite of Acceptance, Rite of Election, and a Retreat.|
|Required of the Volunteer||Practicing Catholic.|
|Training Required||Two 1-hour classes.|
|When is training||Scheduled as needed.|
|Time Commitment||Sponsors attend all meetings with RCIA candidate; they also attend the rites.|