the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

rite of christian initiation (rcia)

RCIA process

Father Ronald May celebrates the SIGNING OF THE SENSES for  Thomas Brower during the RITE OF ACCEPTANCE

mission statement for the rite of initiation of christian adults

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We as practicing, informed Roman Catholics gather as a group of dedicated parishioners to offer evangelization to adults who seek to become Roman Catholics via the sacraments of Initiation. They are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. They are called Catechumen. There are others who have received the sacrament of Baptism either in the Roman Catholic tradition or in a denomination recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. They are called Candidates.

We recognize that there has been a spiritual stirring that brought them to this point. This journey is in stages and discernment and prayer are key elements. We are Liturgy based and follow the 3rd edition of the Roman Missal and the outline established by the North American Forum on the Catechumenate.

The journey to full initiation is supported by the Pastor, Deacon, Liturgy team and Music ministry and the Christian community at large.  We guide them in examining the scriptures they have heard proclaimed.  Their journey is also supported by a sponsor and the RCIA Team.

Their spiritual growth is fed by RITES celebrated within the Liturgical year. Easter Vigil is their celebration where they receive the sacraments of Initiation. We continue to meet until Pentecost Sunday. Then their journey truly begins.
“Christian Initiation is the responsibility of all the Baptized.”

The INITIATION process stresses formation in Liturgy, Church life, service and Doctrine. The journey has four stages. The first is the PERIOD OF INQUIRY which may last from several weeks to many months. During this stage the inquirers are invited to ask questions about the Church, to share their own faith stories and to decide they wish to continue. Faith based relationships begin to be formed here.

Those who wish to continue then celebrate the RITE OF ACCEPTANCE AND WELCOMING, becoming a CATECHUMEN (unbaptized) or a CANDIDATE (baptized). They are now dismissed from the Liturgy to further explore and strengthen their developing faith following the proclamation of the readings, the Gospel and the Homily. During the DISMISSAL RITE the community prays for them and the choir adds their prayerful support.

The RITE OF ELECTION, which normally takes place on the First Sunday in Lent, marks the beginning of the third stage ENLIGHTENMENT AND PURIFICATION. This stage covers the season of Lent and includes special Liturgical ceremonies, climaxing at Easter Vigil with the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and holy Eucharist. They now received into full communion within the Catholic Church.

The final stage is MYSTAGOGIA, lasting from Easter Vigil until Pentecost. Its focus is on the mysteries of Christ’s life, death and resurrection.

Currently our team is composed of Laura Carnein, Mark Carr, Anne-Marie Fallis,Herb Khan, Deacon Paul Kulas, Marian McCormick and Cliff Snow.
For contacts:
Laura Carnein This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Marian McCormick 860.628.8706
Mark Carr, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 860.620.2280