RCIA

Interested in Becoming Catholic?

  • Have you, or someone you know, ever thought about becoming Catholic?
  • Were you brought up in another faith community and want to learn more about the Catholic faith?
  • Do you have a child between the ages of 7 and 17 who wishes to be baptized and enter into the Catholic community?
  • Are you a baptized adult Catholic who hasn't received your First Communion or the Sacrament of Confirmation?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, RCIA may be for you.

RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a faith formation process geared to helping pre-teens, teenagers, and adults who wish to become Catholic. RCIA guides you through the teachings of Jesus Christ, as preserved and handed down over the last two millennia by the Catholic Church. It combines group-based lessons with individualized attention to help you develop in the faith, no matter what your background is or what your current life situation may be.

The Roman Catholic Church and the members of Saint Anne's parish welcome you in your faith journey. If you, or someone you know, are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and what it means to be a Catholic, then contact a member of the RCIA Team at St. Anne's parish.

 

Deacon Bill Bilow
Nick Morana, RCIA Minister

Email: SaintAnneRCIA@gmail.com
Phone: 508-757-5154, ext. 12

Want to join the RCIA Ministry?

If you are an active member of the Saint Anne's Parish community and wish to help others in their journey to becoming a Catholic, you may consider joining as a member of the RCIA Team. We are in need of your assistance as a Sponsor, Catechist, Communication Coordinator, or Hospitality Coordinator.

As an RCIA Team member, you can assist in the spiritual, academic, and pastoral formation of RCIA candidates. RCIA ministry is essential to helping catechumens and candidates feel welcomed in the community while also guiding them in their faith development.

For more information on how you can participate in the RCIA process, contact Deacon Bill Bilow or Nick Morana.

The RCIA Process

RCIA is a structured process that brings individuals to live the Christian way of life consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. It combines prayer, Scripture study, and instruction in Catholic Christian doctrine in a way that is tailored to each person. The process may take as little as one year or as much as several years of inquiry and spiritual formation, depending on where the individual may be in his or her faith journey and how much Christian religious education he or she has had previously.

Pre-Catechumenate
For individuals who have had minimal exposure to the Catholic faith, the process begins with the inquiry, or Pre-Catechumenate, phase. It is a time of discernment when the inquirer asks questions in order to develop an initial understanding of Christianity and the Catholic Churchs teachings. Once the inquirer decides to commit to more in-depth faith development, he or she is formally accepted into the parish community as a catechumen and begins the Catechumenate phase.

Catechumenate
The catechumen is assigned a sponsor, who is an active member of the Saint Anne's Parish. The sponsor accompanies the catechumen throughout his or her faith formation while also helping the individual to participate in the life of the parish community. During the Catechumenate phase, the catechumen is provided in-depth instruction in the doctrines of the Catholic Church and a richer understanding of the liturgy, and experiences life in the local parish. The catechumen also begins to develop a lifestyle that is made up of prayer and service to others. When the catechumen and sponsor mutually agree that the catechumen has developed spiritually as a disciple of Christ and is ready for formal initiation into the Church, the Rite of Election is held. The catechumen now becomes elected as a formal candidate for the Sacraments of Initiation and enters into the final formative phase of the RCIA: Purification and Enlightenment.

Purification and Enlightenment
The Rite of Election and the stage of Purification and Enlightenment coincide with the period of Lent, which represents the 40 days of spiritual preparation and self-denial that immediately precede the Easter celebration. The RCIA candidate must name two godparents, if they havent already done so, who will accompany them in their Lenten journey to the Rite of Initiation and thereafter for the rest of their life.

Rite of Initiation
At the Easter Vigil, the RCIA candidate receives the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. It is through the Rite of Initiation that the candidate is brought into communion with the Roman Catholic Church and is considered a full member of the faith community.

Mystagogy
To ensure continuing spiritual development as a newly initiated member of the Catholic faith community, the weeks between Easter and Pentecost Sunday offer a time of additional catechesis and spiritual reflection on and living the Christian life. This period, called Mystagogy, solidifies the neophytes reception of the sacraments and incorporates him or her fully into the activities of the Saint Anne's Parish.



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