for you have made us for yourself ,
our heart is restless until it rests in you.
The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) is the
process of welcoming individuals to discover and explore the Catholic Faith and
to become a member of that faith. The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)
is open to:
who are not baptized and desire to study and know the Catholic Faith - it beliefs
who are baptized in another Christian faith tradition and now want to explore
membership in the Catholic Church.
Catholics who have not received the Sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation,
and who desire to respond to God's invitation to know and grow in faith in the
It is a spiritual journey that is different for each individual - a gradual process - a time of questioning, prayer, learning exploring and community. The process has four phases, they are:
1. Inquiry or Precatechumenate: During this time individuals have
an opportunity to inquire about Catholic faith and traditions and to
form relationships with one another and the Catholic community.
2. Catechumenate: This time marks the end of the Inquiry phase and
the beginning of the Catechumenate. Those who chose to enter this
phase are signaling their desire to continue the process of learning
about the Catholic faith and prepare for Baptism as a Catechumen
or full membership as a Candidate in the Catholic Church. During the
process the individuals are actively supported through the prayer of
the faith community, and through parish sponsors who act as
witness and companion on the journey, along with ongoing reflection
and formation in the basic foundations of the faith.
3. Purification and Enlightenment: This is the phase when an
individual discerns and makes a formal request to receive the
Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist)
and their catechist and sponsors recommend them to the Bishop
and parish Community. This period takes place during Lent and
prepares individuals to be welcomed into the Community at the
4. Mystagogy: The process does not end with the Easter Vigil, but
rather is a commitment to enter into the lifelong process of
discovery and living out the Catholic faith. This phase takes place
after Easter and is called Mystagogy from the Greek word meaning
"entering into the mysteries". The fifty days following Easter is the
period of Mystagogy.
We welcome any active Catholic who desires to share their prayer life, faith
stories and experiences to become a parish sponsor. Sponsors will attend weekly sessions and all
rites with candidates and catechumens, serving as companions on the journey for
those who are seekers.
RCIA Inquiry will begin Sunday
morning September 28 from 9:00 - 10:15 AM. St. Genevieve Parish Community Center. Participation in the RCIA process is a
journey and may vary in length according to the needs of the individual. Those
who feel called will be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil,
but one is never to feel compelled to join the Church or to follow a time
For more information or to participate,
contact Valerie Noll at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651.235.8627