RCIA...A Journey in Faith

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA Groups Now Underway!


Do you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic? Or are you yourself interested in joining the Catholic faith?

 

A new RCIA group generally begins meeting each September. Inquiries welcome year round.

 

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the program which brings non-Catholic adults into the Catholic Church.  RCIA is open to those baptized in other Christian traditions, as well as those who have never been baptized. It is also open to those who were baptized in the Catholic Church but never had any religious education, and never made their first communion.

 

Please join us to learn about the faith, and reflect on how to become a true disciple of Christ. If you are thinking about becoming Catholic, or are interested in exploring the Catholic faith, please call Maureen Hall at 330-533-6839 or email maureen@stmichaelcanfield.org


RCIA for Christians who have been attending Mass for years:


Are you a non-Catholic who has been attending Mass with your Catholic spouse for years? Do you ever think about becoming Catholic, but aren’t sure you have the time for the full RCIA process? If you were fully initiated in another Catholic tradition, and have been faithfully attending Mass for multiple years, the process need not be extensive. If this is you, and you’d like to become officially Catholic, please call Maureen at 330-533-6839 or email: maureen@stmichaelcanfield.org.

Maureen Hall, Pastoral Minister for Liturgy/ RCIA/ Youth.

Phone: 330-533-6839 Ext 12; Office of Catechesis, 330-533-5275

Email: maureen@stmichaelcanfield.org

Miss Behavior Answers a Question About RCIA                  September 9, 2018

 

Dear Miss Behavior:

 

Is RCIA only for non-Catholics? I’m Catholic, but I would really like to come and learn with the inquirers!

Can adults who are Catholic come to RCIA if they just need Confirmation? Is RCIA the only way to become Catholic?

 

Sincerely,

Just Wondering

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Dear JW:

 

I am always giddy with delight when I receive a real letter! Not that I make up some of those other letters or anything. These are excellent questions. The answer may vary from parish to parish, but I do know that in our parish Catholics may join RCIA for a variety of reasons. Perhaps, like you, they want to learn more about their faith. Some may want to attend classes in order to support a friend or a relative who is considering joining the Church. And, as you point out, some adults were not confirmed as teenagers and now want to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. The RCIA program is an ideal way for these people to prepare for the sacrament. They will learn about the Church, learn about Confirmation, and make new friends in the process.

 

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) has become the usual way by which converts join the Church, but it is not the only way. In my day, before the RCIA program was in existence, converts such as myself met with a priest for discussion and at some point the priest and the inquirer would decide that it was time for the inquirer to become Catholic. That option is still available today. If I were a potential convert today, I would opt for the RCIA program. Some people, however, have schedules that conflict with RCIA meetings. Others may be shy about sharing their experiences and beliefs in a group. Whatever the situation—Catholic, non-Catholic, serious inquirer or tentative questioner—all are welcome to join the RCIA program or to meet with the pastor or another staff member. Just pick up the phone!

 

Sincerely,

 

Miss Behavior