Do you know anybody who is attracted to Catholicism or has been seeking answers to the restlessness in their heart, grappling with the most important questions like, “why am I here?” and “what is the purpose of my life?” Are you a non-Catholic spouse or friend of a Catholic and have ever considered becoming Catholic? Were you baptized or received First Holy Communion but never Confirmed? Ask us about the St. Stanislaus R.C.I.A. Program.
In the fall: Interested individuals are invited to begin a period of Inquiry, a “come and see” experience to determine if RCIA is right for you. No commitment is expected or required to attend. RCIA meets every Wednesday at 7 pm in the Parish Center Meeting Room. Everyone is welcome to join in this supportive, safe, confidential, and inquisitive process that is RCIA. If you have questions about RCIA, please contact contact Deacon Tony Bellitto at 215-783-2946 or firstname.lastname@example.org!
What is the R.C.I.A.? More than you thought!
The R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) addresses the fundamental questions that arise from the human experience while providing an introduction to the Catholic faith for persons inquiring about or desiring to become Catholic. The course may also serve as instruction and formation in the faith for adult Catholics who lack any of the sacraments. The course is less about doctrine or catechism and more about learning to grow in friendship with Christ through reading of Sacred Scripture, participation in the Mass as a personal encounter with Christ, and a shared journey within the community of the Church.
For the Unbaptized, the RCIA gradually uncovers the story of God’s salvation for all; the mystery of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection; and the workings of the Holy Spirit as revealed in the beliefs, sacramental life and spiritual practices of the Catholic Church. The initiation of catechumens is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful and in accordance with the Church’s liturgical year. Together with the catechumens, the faithful reflect upon the value of the paschal mystery, renew their own conversion, and by their example lead the catechumens to obey the Holy Spirit more generously. (#4)
For Baptized Christians who seek full communion with the Catholic Church, the RCIA includes rites and pastoral practice. For Baptized Catholics who have received no other faith formation and have not received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, the RCIA details the pastoral practices to become a fully initiated Catholic. There are four stages as well as rituals that mark these stages for unbaptized persons: Inquiry, Catechumenate, Purification and Enlightenment, and Mystagogy (or post-baptismal catechesis). We begin with the period of Inquiry, a “come and see” experience to determine if RCIA is right for you at this time. No commitment is expected or required to attend.
R.C.I.A. “Team Members” wanted! The model that Jesus gave us for passing on the faith – our relationship with Him – is not through the Catechism and a set of moral norms, but by “sharing life” with others. Jesus didn’t say, “read this” or “learn this” but “Come and see” and “follow me” (John 1: 39, 43). The disciples came to discover the meaning of their lives and that Jesus was the Savior through the experience of their friendship with Him and by staying with Him even when they didn’t understand what Jesus was saying. Jesus continues to attract and form disciples through this same method today through His mystical body, the Church. What is needed are not teachers but witnesses – people who demonstrate by their “way” of life that their relationship with Christ is what gives life, all of life, “life” – fullness, meaning, purpose, and direction. If you are interested in journeying with those who have become awakened by an encounter with Christ or are seeking a way, for yourself, to be renewed in your own relationship with the Lord and to see Him alive in the Church, please consider joining the R.C.I.A. “Team”. If interested, contact Deacon Tony Bellitto at 215-783-2946 or email@example.com