... for you have made us for yourself ,
and our heart is restless until it rests in you.
St. Augustine, Confessions
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:
- Those who are not baptized and desire to study and know the Catholic Faith - it beliefs and practices.
- Those who are baptized in another Christian faith tradition and now want to explore membership in the Catholic Church.
- Baptized 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 Church.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 frame.
For more information or to participate, contact ThuyAnh Hoang [email protected] or call 651.426.1818
Please contact the parish office
at 651-429-7937 or
[email protected] if you would
like to learn more about RCIA