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. Though it usually takes about a year, the process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is not one with time limits to becoming Catholic.
You may be wondering what is involved in the RCIA process. There are several periods in this process; the beginning period is called a time of Inquiry or the Pre-Catechumenate. 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 will meet at 6.30-8 PM on Thursday evenings at Holy Trinity Parish Center beginning in September. It is not too late to start! For more information, contact Kim Hayes, Director of Religious Education at (309) 828-8242.