The process consists of the following stages:
This is a “Come and See” time – a time for questions, finding out more about the Lord, the Catholic faith and the Catholic Church.
Those persons who are still interested after their initial inquiry are formally welcomed and begin a Catechumenate period of learning more about Jesus, the Catholic Church, the Sacraments, Catholic morality and daily living as a Catholic.
PURIFICATION AND ENLIGHTENMENT
During Lent, the Church calls those who have discerned that God is calling them to be Catholic to make their final preparation for their initiation into the Church through Baptism (or Reception into Full Communion for the already baptized), Confirmation and Eucharist. Lent is a period of a more intense spiritual preparation.
SACRAMENTS OF INITITATION
At the Easter Vigil, the Catechumens (unbaptized) and the Candidates (already baptized) are baptized or received into the Church, confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time.
This period for fifty days from Easter to Pentecost is a time for unfolding the meaning of the Easter Sacraments. It is also a time for celebration and for the new Catholics to find a place in our parish community.
The RCIA process will begin this year with the Inquiry sessions on Thursday, September 15, 2011, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., in Little Flower School second-floor music room.
All persons are most welcome. There is no obligation to become Catholic.