BECOMING A CATHOLIC
 
Response to Christ’s Inner Awakening and RCIA
RCIA, or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the process through which adults learn about the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church and become members of the Church, eligible to receive the Sacraments. As Jesus is the gateway to eternal life, RCIA is the gateway to the Catholic Church.

RCIA is a journey that begins with a feeling or a sense of being drawn to learn more about the Catholic Church. It is a powerful witness to the fact that each one of us is uniquely created by God, individually loved by God, and specifically called by God. And each person has a unique story of how this feeling was initiated:
  • A child raised by one parent who wonders if the other non-Catholic parent would go to heaven
  • A mother witnesses the changes in her son after he goes through RCIA and feels called to do the same
  • A father living with a wife and children who are all Catholic, wishing to be a part of that faith
  • A man searching for a sense of “belonging”
  • A woman who, after the loss of her husband, attends Mass and feels drawn to become a full member
What a beautiful gift each of these people bestows on us as we witness their faithfulness to God’s call in their lives!

Participation
Any adult who wants to become a member of the Catholic Church, whether you are an unbaptized person, a person baptized in another denomination, or a baptized Catholic who received no other sacraments or any further religious education, can participate in the RCIA program.

Length of Program, Materials and Presenters


We begin in September and end 4 weeks after Easter. We meet on Sunday mornings after the 9:30 am Liturgy.  The meetings last 1 1/2 hours and are held at the Parish Offices.  Six weeks before Christmas, we participate in the Liturgy of the Word at the 9:30 am Sunday Mass.  After the Intercessions we are dismissed by Fr. Jim to share our thoughts and reflections on the Mass Readings and Homily.  We do this sharing in the Parish Office.
If interested call the Parish Office at 203-263-2008.


Beginning in Advent, select parishioners will be asked to become Parish Sponsors for participants. These Sponsors attend sessions when they are able, pray for their participant, introduce them to other members of the parish, accompany them to parish events, and check in with them to see how they are doing. Parishioners are also invited to pray for one of the RCIA participants.

 


RCIA GRADUATE
My most meaningful RCIA experience: I took the Church home with me. I did not leave it “AT” the Church.

In the Gospel of John we read about two of John’s disciples who felt drawn to know more about Jesus, so they asked Him, “Where do you live?”  Jesus responded by inviting them to “Come and see!”
That is what RCIA is all about – the opportunity to COME AND SEE:
…see who this Jesus is
…see what the Catholic Church teaches
…see where the Spirit of Jesus is leading you
This call of Jesus is a call to a journey in faith. Am I being drawn to “come and see”? Any response involves risk. Each of us must take prayerful time to examine this call, to be open to this call and to be faithful and generous in responding to this call. Am I hearing Jesus say to me, “Come and see”?
About the RCIA process used by the Catholic Church to prepare adults interested in becoming Catholic you can click here to download the RCIA Brochure. For more information call Sister Marilyn at the Parish Office at 203-263-2008 or email Sister Marilyn .
 

 

TO LEARN MORE About the RCIA process used by the Catholic Church to prepare adults interested in becoming Catholic you can click here to download the RCIA Brochure. For more information call Sister Marilyn at the Parish Office at 203-263-2008 or email Sister Marilyn .
 




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