The RCIA describes a process in which men and women are guided and cared for as they awaken in faith and are gradually introduced to the Catholic way of life.
The initial period of inquiry is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and exploring the possibility of being called to this faith tradition.
The period of the catechumenate begins with the Rite of Acceptance. This is a time when new believers enter more deeply into the mysteries of Christ and His Church. They come to a deeper understanding of what is means to live as a Christian.
The Rite of Election marks the beginning of the period of Purification and Enlightenment. This takes place during the season of Lent and is a time of intense spiritual preparation and reflection. This period culminates with the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
The final period is that of Mystagogia when the newly initiated share their experiences of the Easter season and explore how to continue to live an active Christian life.
St. Benedict Parish joins with St. Ann, Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Patrick and St. Margaret Mary parishes for the formation process which officially begins at the end of August. Meeting places are shared between the parishes.
Who should I call to join?
Contact the parish office for more information.
I have already been baptized in another faith. Do I need to be baptized again?
The Catholic Church recognizes baptisms from many Christian denominations. If you were baptized in one of these, you would not be baptized again, but would make a profession of faith in the Catholic Church before being confirmed and receiving Eucharist.
I have already been baptized Catholic, but have not received Eucharist and/or Confirmation. Should I join RCIA?
Ideally, if resources allowed, we would have a separate group for those who fall into this category, but because of numbers and because most of the content is the same, we do combine those who have already been baptized with those in the RCIA.
RCIA classes are also good as a “refresher” for those who have been away from the Church for a while.
I've been married before....will that be a problem?
Each situation is different, so it is difficult to answer this question generally. Let your RCIA team members know at the first session so they can guide you to an answer.