BECOMING CATHOLIC - RCIA
To become a Catholic,
the Church invites you to participate in the...
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA)
Perhaps you've heard this acronym - RCIA - in conversation around the watercooler, coffeepot or dinner table...No?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process that prepares adults to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church. There is also a process adapted for children, youth, and teens under the age of 18 - see below for their process.
Who would take part in RCIA?
Any Non-Baptized Adult - 18+ - who desires to join the Body of Christ in the Catholic Faith
Baptized Christians from other Christian faiths, validly baptized, who desire full communion with the Catholic Church
Baptized Catholics who did not complete their Initiation Sacraments and desire Confirmation and, if needed, Eucharist
Any Catholic who would like a refresher course in our Catholic Faith
RCIA will focus on conversion to and growing in a personal relationship with God the Father, Jesus, His Son, and their Holy Spirit. Our time together will also shed light on living the Catholic faith in our daily lives.
Sessions begin in September and may conclude for those participants who are ready to move forward at the Easter Vigil, where the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist - will be celebrated. Each participant's place in the process can differ.
Sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00pm.
See this year's Session Schedule below.
Need more information? Contact Cheryl Lee @ 231-947-4620, ext. 222
RCIA ADAPTED for CHILDREN, YOUTH, & TEENS
For children, youth, and teens, age 7 - 17 who are not yet baptized in a Christian/Catholic Faith OR who have been baptized in another Christian tradition and desire Full Communion in the Catholic Church.
Participants are prepared for Full Initiation - Baptism or Profession of Faith, Confirmation & Eucharist and will receive these Sacraments at the Easter Vigil when fully prepared.
RCIA ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH - Age 7 through Grade 8
Sessions are shared with Sacrament Preparation for Gr. 6-8 and are held on two Saturday mornings each month from September into April/May from 9:30am - 11:00am.
This year's Session Calendar:
September 21, October 5 & 19, November 2 & 16, December 7 & 14
January 11 & 25, February 8 & 22, March 7 & 21, April 18 & 25
RCIA ADAPTED FOR TEENS - Grs. 9 - 12(17yrs old) - NEW THIS YEAR!
Sessions are shared with Sacrament Preparation for this age group - those needing to complete Confirmation (and Eucharist, if needed). Sessions will be led by HS Youth Minister - Russell Nance, and will be held at St. Francis Church on Fridays from 3:30 - 5:00pm from September through April. They are geared specifically to this age group.
This year's Session Calendar:
September 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 8, 15, 22; December 6 & 13
January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 17 & 24
Click Here for Registration Form - for children, youth & teens
Click Here for Medical Release Form
Click Here for Sponsor Form
You can fill out the forms and drop them off at the Parish Office or scan and email it to
RCIA (Adults) - 2019-2020
Jesus said, 'Come and see!'
2019-2020 Sessions for Adults begin Tuesday, September 10, 2019!
RCIA will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:30pm
in the Franciscan Room until demolition/construction begins
Anyone who would like to know more about what it
means to be a Catholic is invited to join us!
Click HERE for our Inquirer Form and bring that with you to the first or any subsequent Sessions*.
If you have been baptized in another Christian faith, or are a baptized Catholic, please also bring a copy of your Baptismal Certificate.
Baptized Catholics should bring a certified copy of your certificate that contains notations of any other sacraments received.
Click HERE for a Session/Rite Schedule for 2019-2020
Contact Cheryl at the number above for more information on our RCIA Process!
If you have already expressed an interest in this process, you will be contacted.
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