Adults Learning about the Catholic Faith
Written by Administrator
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 18:55
The Rite of Christian Initiation
(Becoming a Catholic is a Journey of Faith - RCIA)
Do you desire to know more about our faith and possibly join the Catholic Church? We welcome you! The St. Francis community invites you to bring your questions and doubts as we discuss the Catholic faith through the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
RCIA is a journey of learning, individual prayer, and reflection that allows for the continual discernment of God's plan in our lives.
Who belongs in RCIA?
People from all walks of life!
· Baptized Catholics desiring 1st communion and/or confirmation
· Non-Christians with questions about God and Christianity
· Baptized Christians that want to become Catholic
· People married/engaged to a Catholic
What Topics are covered?
· Scripture: the stories of God's people
· Teaching: what Catholics believe
· Prayer: how we communicate with God
· Liturgy: how the community worships
· Mission: how we live out what we believe
Who are the sponsors?
Sponsors are persons from the parish who serve as companions, mentors, and guides throughout the RCIA process. Sponsors do not need to be “answer people” who are experts in the knowledge about their faith. Sponsors receive information and support for their ministry. Sponsors desire to grow in their faith and deepen their relationship with God.
How long does it take to become a full member?
It depends on the person. We respect each person, their journey and allow for discernment along the way. If you feel the need to take a break from RCIA awhile, for whatever reason, we respect you and your decision. Commitment is made in stages and a final commitment is not made until a determined time during the liturgical year. Generally, un-baptized persons are received into the Church at the Easter Vigil.
Every person is has a unique background and story so there really isn’t a set time frame for finishing RCIA. It depends on the person; everyone has their own path to the Body of Christ. Some people begin the classes, and for various reasons are unable to complete the classes or decide that they are not ready to become fully initiated Catholics. If you feel the need to take a break from RCIA awhile, for whatever reason, we respect you and your decision. Usually, the classes at St. Francis begin in the Fall, and end at Easter Vigil. Generally, un-baptized persons are received into the Church at the Easter Vigil.
I'm not sure...Am I committed to becoming a Catholic?
No. RCIA is a journey. The RCIA team members and parish sponsors are available to help the interested adult discern if this is the best path for them at this time.
Do you have questions? We are here to serve you! Please call the Faith Formation office (507)289-2427
Volunteering - How can I help with RCIA?
If you are a member of St Francis parish and wish to volunteer to help in the RCIA program, please call the Faith Formation office at 289-2427. Here are some specific ways you can help:
1. Be a sponsor.Each man or woman in the RCIA process will have a sponsor from the St Francis community. As a sponsor, your responsibility will be to make the RCIA candidate comfortable and welcomed in the community.
2. Be a part of the RCIA team.Team members will share responsibility of sharing faith stories, teaching Catholic beliefs, showing hospitality towards the candidates, and showing how to live as Catholic Christians. Any parishioner CAN be a team member.
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