RCIA

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"Knowing the content to be believed is not sufficient unless the heart, the authentic sacred space within the person, is opened by grace."

-Pope Benedict XVI

Interested in the Catholic Faith?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is not a commitment, but a process of exploration, discernment, and discovery. It is a process which explores the Good News of Jesus Christ in the Gospels, the tenets of the Catholic faith, core Christian values, and the development of a personal relationship of prayer with God. It is born from and oriented towards the Catholic community, allowing you to explore that to which God is calling you.

It is about everyday conversion and an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults may be for you if you answered "yes" to the following questions.

-Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith?
-Are you a member of another Christian faith who is seeking to join the Catholic Church?
-Are you a baptized Catholic who never received any First Communion or been confirmed?
-Do you have younger children who you would want to be fully initiated into the Church?

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest."

Matthew 11:28

What is

RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is not technically a Sacrament, but rather is a process for adults to enter into the Catholic faith.

Based on the various backgrounds of each participant, RCIA includes several or all of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion, First Confession and Entrance into Full Communion.

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.

Pope John Paul II

Non-Baptized Adults

Non-Baptized Adults: For Adults (the age of 7 and older), the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion) can only be celebrated at the Solemn Easter Vigil Mass (the Saturday evening before Easter Sunday). Adults, through the RCIA process, are prepared to receive these Sacraments through  various educational gathering (catechesis) and prayer services over the course of an academic year. 

Baptized Adults

For Adults (the age of 7 and older) who received a Trinitarian Baptism (“In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”) in another Christian church (e.g., Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopalian, etc.) your Baptism is recognized as valid by the Catholic Church and therefore is unrepeatable since Baptism can only be received once in life. The remaining Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation and First Communion) and your Reception into Full Communion and First Confession can be celebrated by the priest at any time your preparation is completed. At Little Flower, these adults are asked to go through the RCIA process for preparation by means of a series of catechetical classes in the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church.

Godparents/Sponsor

According to ancient Christian tradition, the one to receive the Sacraments should also have godparents (a godfather and/or a godmother)/sponsor. The requirements to serve as a godparent/sponsor are as follows:

-A fully initiated Catholic
-Must be at least 16 years of age
-Cannot be the mother or father of the person receiving the Sacraments
-Cannot be under ecclesial penalty (such as, excommunication).

All are invited to discover

the beauty of the

Catholic Church

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