For adults today, the Church, after the Second Vatican Council, has restored the order of the Catechumenate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). It outlines the steps for the formation of catechumens, bringing their conversion to the faith to a greater maturity. It helps them respond more deeply to God's gracious initiative in their lives and prepares them for union with the Church community. This process is meant to form them into the fullness of the Christian life and to become disciples of Jesus, their teacher. This includes an initiation into the mystery of salvation, the practice of faith, hope, and love, and other virtues in a succession of liturgical rites.
Persons baptized into another Christian church and now seeking full communion with the Catholic Church are also welcomed to participate along with catechumens in the RCIA in the process of learning about the Catholic faith and being formed in that faith. They bring to the process of preparation their prior experience of Christian life and prayer. For a baptized Christian, reception into full communion with the Catholic Church involves reception of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and then a Profession of Faith followed by the celebration of Confirmation and the Eucharist.
From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
RCIA AT SAINT LEO
WHAT IS RCIA?
- A program designed to educate interested adults on the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church.
- The program consists of weekly meetings starting early September through Easter with a break at Christmas.
- The preparation is divided into several stages, each intended to assist you in knowing the truth of the Roman Catholic Faith and the practices of her Faithful.
- Full commitment to the Catholic Church is a personal choice. At no time is an individual pressured to make that choice.
- There are no monetary fees connected with the program.
WHAT WILL I HAVE TO DO?
- The classes meet weekly on Monday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm (September - Easter). The classes are geared toward helping you make a decision concerning your commitment to join the Catholic Church.
- After the initial inquiry sessions you will be given study materials and books and each Monday a different topic is discussed regarding the Catholic Faith and its teachings.
- If you decide to continue, you will be expected to attend the weekly RCIA classes.
- You may decide to discontinue the classes at any time. This is your personal faith journey and your decision.
- The Saturday before Easter is the day that RCIA participants become full members of the church by receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, if needed, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.
The RCIA team and your sponsor is committed to helping you on your faith journey. We know the decision you make regarding the Catholic Church is a personal one, not lightly made.
For more information on conversion and the RCIA process, please contact the church office at 336.724.0561.