The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which the Catholic Church welcomes new adult members. It has its roots in the history of the early church and is designed for adults of other faith backgrounds or those with little or no previous faith experiences.
This journey of faith includes the study of Catholic beliefs, faith sharing, and the study of sacred scripture. Our weekly meetings involve discussion, questions, and teachings. We also encourage those involved to keep a journal of their own faith journey. At St. Francis of Assisi Parish this process begins in the Fall after Labor Day. We meet on Sundays in the conference room in St. Francis of Assisi School.
As the RCIA process continues, those who feel called to continue participate in the Rite of Acceptance. At one of the weekend liturgies they declare their intent to respond to God’s call and follow the way of Christ.
On the first Sunday of Lent, those who will be called to the Easter Sacraments of Initiation, participate in the Rite OF Election. This also occurs at one of the weekend liturgies at St. Francis. Later, on that same day, they participate in the Rite of Election at St. Joseph’s Cathedral and are presented to the Bishop. Here they have the opportunity to meet others involved in the RCIA at other parishes throughout the Diocese.
During Lent these now catechumens and candidates receive special prayers and blessings. They are presented with the Nicene Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. Their preparation intensifies. All of this culminates at the Easter Vigil with their receiving of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
Since 1994 our parish has welcomed over 100 new Catholics! The RCIA process continues as we meet through Pentecost. This period is called “mystagogy” and helps guide our new Catholics or “neophytes” in their early days in our parish.
For more information, please contact the Parish Office.