Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
If you are interested in knowing more about the beliefs and practices of a Catholic Christian, whether you are already a Catholic, you want to be a Catholic, or you are wondering if you might want to be a Catholic – then RCIA is what you are looking for.
When you finally hear these words proclaimed during the Easter Vigil, you will be reflecting back on the road that leads you to this wonderful night. This time in your journey has been long in arriving, the process called RCIA is not one with time limits or a specific amount of time in which you will finish and become a catholic. Usually the process takes a year, or a little more for those who have joined right after the Christmas season. It mainly depends on your circumstances, people with a marriage case to be annulled may take a bit longer. People with strong background in another faith and scripture may not* take as long as others.
You may be wondering what is involved in the RCIA process, or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. There are several periods in this process; the beginning period is called a time of Inquiry or the Pre-Catechumrnate. This will be our focus this month. The other periods are called the, Catechumenate, Enlightenment and Purification, and Mystagogy. These periods of the process are all preceded by formal Rites with the assembly that will be your affirmation to the community as well as yourself that you are ready to move on in your journey towards the Easter Vigil, your initiation into our “Catholic Christian” community.
RCIA Faith Formation classes for 2014-2015 have already started, and meet at 7 PM on Thursday evenings at Holy Trinity Parish Office. It is not too late to start! For more information, contact Kim Hayes, Directory of Religious Education at (309) 828-8242.