Are you interested in becoming Catholic? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process in which non-Catholic adults (inquirers) learn about the rich tradition and teachings of our faith and gradually prepare for full initiation and welcome into the Catholic Church.
There are four phases in the RCIA process:
1. Inquiry/Pre-catechumenate: Individuals (Inquirers) join in community to become acquainted with the Catholic Church, ask questions and grow in relationship with Jesus Christ our Savior.
2. Catechumenate: Participants grow and deepen in faith and conversion, participate in parish worship and life, and continue their studies of Catholicism. This period concludes with the Rite of Election, in which the Church formally acknowledges the readiness of participants to move forward in the RCIA journey.
3. Purification and Enlightenment: Participants, now known as the Elect, enter deeply into the season of Lent. This is a time of intense prayer, reflection and conversion of heart. This phase ends with the Easter Vigil, in which the Elect receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion and are fully welcomed into the Catholic Church.
4. Mystagogy: In this final period of initiation, the newly initiated, now known as Neophytes, reflect on the mysteries of our faith and experience full membership into our faith community.
Those interested in inquiring about RCIA at St. Therese are encouraged to contact Megan Gavrillen in the main office.
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