Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, (RCIA) is one of many ministries at St. Ann which reaches out to the greater community. Our goal is to invite individuals to consider learning more about becoming Catholic through the RCIA process. Each participant in RCIA has a sponsor; someone to help guide them along and answer questions.
RCIA classes will take place on Monday evenings from 7:30-9:15pm in the Trinity Rooms. If you know someone: a friend, relative or co-worker who might be interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or have shown interest in becoming Catholic, or if you yourself are interested in joining the next RCIA class or want more information about this process, please contact Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 729-2810.
Our relationship with Christ doesn’t end with Baptism or Confirmation. Faith is dynamic, it is never stagnate—either we continue to grow, entering into a deeper and more intimate relationship with God or it diminishes and leads one to find meaning in earthly avenues. The extent of our faith life is dependent on how well we respond to God’s call and live according to His will.
Last Easter, we had a dozen individuals respond to God’s call to become Catholic. They were baptized or received into full communion with the Church at the Easter Vigil. They came from all walks of life: men, women and children, various ages and backgrounds. They began the process in the fall by attending weekly classes. Although, strictly speaking, RCIA is intended for the non-baptized, the program includes those baptized in another Christian faith, as well as adult Catholics who have not yet received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. It is an ideal way for people who are discerning the possibility of becoming Catholic to do so in a small, welcoming environment.
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One of the most common reasons people give for beginning the RCIA process is that someone they knew had brought up the subject. Interesting enough, many who go through the RCIA process, say they had been thinking about it for a while, but were waiting for a sign or an invitation by a friendly Catholic. As Catholics, we are called as disciples to evangelize the Good News. In doing so, we never force people to convert, but out of charity we invite them and bring it up. The best way to evangelize is by our own example, if we live our faith authentically it will inspire others with a desire to learn more about Catholicism. But, with most things, if you want someone to do something, it is helpful to ask them. Most of the time, it is not even an invitation to become Catholic, rather an invitation to learn more about the Catholic Faith. God calls all people to be in union with Him through His Son. He expects us to participate in the work of our Savior, because He has chosen each of us to be His instruments and ambassadors.