Parish RCIA Classes:
Informational meeting - October 16th after the St. A&J 9:30 Mass.
Classes start this October 23rd after the St. A&J 9:30 Mass - Location TBD
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process through which adults learn about the teachings of Jesus as the Catholic Church has handed them on and put these teachings into practice by living as part of the Catholic community, serving others and praying.
RCIA is for three groups of people
Those who have never been baptized in any faith,
People who were baptized in another Christian faith, and
Baptized Catholics who have never received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
RCIA has several aspects
Spiritual – candidates attend part of Sunday Mass as a group each week. They learn new ways of praying, and they look into themselves to discover what God is saying to them now.
Educational – candidates learn what the Catholic Church believes about God, about Jesus, about the Bible, and about what the Church teaches.
Community – candidates are encouraged to be part of the parish and to attend parish events and celebrations. Their sponsors are representatives of the parish community.
Service – In the Bible, Jesus directs us to "love your neighbor as yourself", and lets us know that "whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me." Following Jesus, RCIA asks each candidate to contribute 2.5 hours of service to the needy between October and March by helping to serve at a Knights of Columbus dinner, helping at GRAMPS, or another service oriented community program.
At the Parish of the Holy Savior, the next RCIA program will begin on a Sunday in the Fall. The program meets nearly every Sunday morning.
The Sunday morning schedule looks like this:
9:30 AM Meet at St Athanasius and St John's for Mass
10:30 AM Sponsors join candidates after Mass for coffee (when offered)
10:45AM Input session – discussion about the Catholic faith
Noon - End of session
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Is attending RCIA is like taking a course.
It is and it isn't! Most importantly, RCIA is a process which helps a person figure out what God is saying to him or her at this point in life. The emphasis is on personal reflection, prayer, and service. There are also formal presentations on subjects such as God, Jesus, the Sacraments, and the Scriptures. There are no quizzes or exams.
Can a fiancé, spouse or friend may act as a sponsor.
The answer is yes, as long as this person is a baptized and confirmed Catholic. Sponsors are expected to attend all RCIA sessions . Additionally, our Parish is blessed with a number of parishioners who volunteer to act as sponsors.
What is the charge for RCIA?
There is no cost.
Once you start the RCIA process, are you required to finish?
Sometimes people begin RCIA and, after several sessions, realize they are not ready to be received into the Church. There is no pressure to complete the process.