Do you sometimes feel you would like to learn more about the Catholic Faith or do you have a family member or friend that is interested in the Catholic Faith? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process in which interested adults are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. Participation in the RCIA program does not require you to become Catholic.
RCIA is a Journey
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a program for adults who are interested in joining the Catholic Church or would like to learn more about the Catholic faith. It also includes adults who were baptized Catholic as infants but never received the other sacraments or religious instruction.
Our program is led by a team that includes our priests, deacons, and parishioners. It meets on Sunday mornings from 9-11am. It starts around late-August or early September. The highlight of the program is at the Easter Vigil when the participants are received into the Catholic Church and receive the Sacraments of Initiation. The whole program concludes on Pentecost Sunday.
Volunteers are needed to serve as sponsors, help with hospitality, and provide administrative support. Good communication skills and desire to share your faith are important. Training is provided. Sponsors must be a practicing confirmed Catholics who receive the Eucharist regularly. If you would like to help, contact the parish office at 636-332-9225.
Cyndi Barclay • 636-332-9225 ext. 234
Deacon Jim Davies • 636-528-3850
RCIA’s Four Stages
The RCIA journey consists of four stages, with liturgical rites between each stage.
Inquirers learn introductory information about the Catholic Church, engage in faith sharing and obtain answers to their questions about the Catholic faith.
This stage commences with the Rite of Acceptance as inquirers make a commitment to continuing their RCIA journey. The formation of “catechumens” includes in-depth teachings of the Church; weekly worship; study of the Sacraments; and participation in the Church’s mission and community life.
This third stage, coinciding with Lent and commencing with the Rite of Election, involves a period of intensive preparation to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil, through prayer, fasting, almsgiving and periods of reflection.
In this final stage, extending from Easter to Pentecost, new Catholics (or Neophytes) deepen their understanding of their faith and reflect on their experience of becoming Catholic and its affect on their life at home, at work, and in the community as they commence an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus over a lifetime.
The RCIA setting is a communal process designed to assist catechumens and candidates in their faith journeys.
The class setting is informal and relaxed. The RCIA team has been called to guide your pilgrimage of faith towards full communion in the Catholic Church. They make this journey with you along with your sponsor. The class presentations will address the fundamentals of our living faith, including, scripture, Sacred Tradition, Church teachings, and the sacraments. While there are no required homework and tests, you will be asked to make a commitment of time and effort.
Participation, Prayer & Worship
Integral to the presentations by the RCIA team is your participation and faith sharing, as well as time spent in prayer and worshipping God together. This is your time and your journey to a closer relationship with God. Your RCIA team and sponsor are privileged to accompany you on the way!
RCIA Is Designed For Those:
- Who have not been baptized
- Christians baptized in another faith desiring full communion with the Church
- Baptized Catholics who have not received catechesis for the other Sacraments of Initiation
- Wanting to know about Catholicism
Sample RCIA Topics
Is Jesus calling you into a deeper relationship?
Can I confess my sins directly to God?
Why is Mary the Mother of God?
What are the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit?
Frequently Asked Questions
When does St. Patrick ’s RCIA program start? In September; Sunday classes at 9 AM
When do I become initiated into (in full communion with) the Catholic Church?
At the Easter Vigil Mass
What if I ’m uncertain or need more time?
You may extend or discontinue your journey at any time. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.
How do I know if God is calling me to discipleship in the Catholic Church?
Come and see. RCIA is a journey of faith to examine the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church, but it is also about conversion, deepening one ’s faith and being disciples of Jesus.
Will I need a sponsor?
You will choose a sponsor, a practicing Catholic, to join you on your journey. If you need help finding a sponsor, we can guide you.
What do I need to bring? What ’s expected of me? Bring an open heart and mind, and a journal for notes. Study materials will be provided.
How do I get started?
Contact Cyndi at 636-332-9225 ext 234, or [email protected].