The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: A Journey of Faith.
Are you or do you know someone who is curious about the Catholic Church?
Are you or do you know an unbaptized person who would like to enter into the Catholic Church through Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist?
Are you or do you know a baptized adult who would like to enter fully into the Catholic Church through Reconciliation, Confirmation, and/or Eucharist but does not know how to go about it?
Are you already Roman Catholic but would like to learn and deepen your understanding of the faith?
As a Roman Catholic; would you as you learn and grow in your faith be ready to share the walk with a Catechumen or Candidate on their Journey in faith?
Every year, adults are welcomed into the Catholic Church through a process called The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). At Saint Thomas More we offer a formation process leading to initiation into the Catholic Church through Baptism or a Profession of Faith (Confirmation).
"The good news is that God is always ready to receive us when we are ready to turn to Him."
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and Catechesis for Adults of the Catholic Faith
The sessions are a process that walks those seeking toward a fullness of Faith in Christ and in the Catholic Church.
Inquiry: For those seeking Baptism we call it the Precatechumenate Period.
Purpose: We are getting to know the inquirer. We mentor and catechize the inquirer while they are in the discernment phase. We prepare them toward the Rite of Welcoming or for those seeking baptism (The Rite of Acceptance).
Continuing Conversion: For those seeking baptism we call it the Catechumenate Period.
Purpose: Catechesis, Doctrine, and Dogma. Preparing for Advent Christmas, Lent for all and the Rite of Election for those seeking all three Sacraments of Initiation.
Focus on our Interior Spiritual Life: For those seeking baptism we call it the Period of Purification and Enlightenment.
Purpose: We focus our catechesis on the Sacraments and a deeper prayer life. We form a conscience in the Catholic perspective (e.g., morality, social justice, and reconciliation) preparing for Holy Week and Easter.
No, we did not graduate from this journey: For the newly Catholic, it is called the Mystagogy Period.
Purpose: After the Sacraments are received during the Easter Season, we like to continue sessions to assist the newly received find a niche into their new Catholic Community. We focus on stewardship and learn a deeper understanding of the lives of the saints.
SAINT AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO
"The deeper our faith, the stronger our hope, the greater our desire."
This session is to prepare parents and the future Godparents for their child's baptism. It is required by the Diocese to attend this class. Godparents must be at least 16 years of age and received their Confirmation, and live their life in accordance with Catholic teaching. If married, Godparents must be married in the Catholic Church.
God uses many ways to bring people to Him, and a parents concern for their children's spiritual welfare is one of His many ways.
Baptism sessions occur at 11:45 AM on Sundays (by appointment only).
The one hour, 45 minute session is designed to prepare parents and Godparents for their child's baptism. It is a good opportunity to catechize the parents, bringing them into full communion of the Catholic Church by offering RCIA or the Adult Formation Process (AFP).
There may be a parent or non-Catholic, who, through this session, finds they are interested in coming into the Church. Most times it is difficult to find a Godparent who is in full communion with Church teaching. Many times the potential Godparent is honored that he/she/they have been selected to walk with their child in their faith, they often ask to join the Formation Process in order to be in compliance with the Catholic Church.
God uses many ways to bring His children to Him. A parents concern for their children's spiritual welfare is one of His many ways."