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Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands of men and women are received into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new members through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Becoming a Catholic
The Catholic Church serves millions of people by helping them answer important life questions and by leading them to faith fulfillment through Jesus Christ. St. Norbert Parish invites you to find out about Jesus and the Church He founded. Come learn his teachings and discover how to put these teachings into practice by living in a Catholic community, through worship, prayer and service.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process of spiritual and educational formation for adults who seek to become members of the Roman Catholic Church. This process is open to all persons, regardless of religious background or philosophical persuasion, who seek to live their lives in the Catholic Christian faith. Adult interested in RCIA attend a series of sessions, usually beginning in the fall, where they learn Catholic doctrine and become familiar with Catholic tradition. They learn how to view the world through a Catholic lens.
The RCIA is for those:
- Who were baptized in another faith tradition but now feel called to become Catholic.
- Who have never been baptized or do not have a faith tradition but now feel called to become Catholic.
- Who were baptized Catholic but never received Confirmation and First Holy Communion.
- Who have received both Catholic baptism and First Holy Communion but were never Confirmed
RCIA includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass. Following is a brief overview of these phases.
- Inquiry Sessions
Inquiry sessions are for those interested in learning, without any pressure or commitment, about Jesus Christ and the teachings of His Church. Inquiry is for adults who want to know the basics about Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. A few months after beginning the RCIA process, each inquirer is assigned a RCIA sponsor. The RCIA sponsor is a practicing Catholic, usually a member of this parish, who goes through the RCIA sessions and activities with the inquirer, serving as a friend and mentor.
- Teaching the Catholic Faith
Following Inquiry is a period of formal instruction known as ‘Catechesis’. This formation helps a person establish roots to his/her faith in Christ and to learn how faith is lived in daily life. This part of the process walks the participant through the key events of scripture and shows how the teachings of the Catholic Church flow from the Bible. This formation is specifically important for those preparing for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and/or Holy Communion.
Beginning with Ash Wednesday and lasting throughout Lent, participants prepare to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and/or Holy Communion by going through a six week period of prayer, fasting, and turning away from sin. This is the stage of ‘Purification and Enlightenment.’ This period culminates with the Easter Vigil, the Mass celebrated the Saturday night before Easter Sunday. During this Mass, participants receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.
- Post-Baptismal Sessions
The period of formation after Easter is known as ‘Mystagogia’, in which the participant reflects on the graces received in Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. It is a time to look at how Christ calls us to a life of service and stewardship.
Catholic Adult Confirmation/First Holy Communion
Catholics Adults seeking Confirmation and/or First Communion participate in faith formation sessions with the RCIA Candidates.
The RCIA Classes begin every September. These classes run through Easter & Pentecost (approximately through the middle to end of April). The Rites of Christian Initiation occur during Lent and participants are received into the church at the Easter Vigil, in the spring. There is no charge to participate in RCIA.
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