RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a parish ministry to help with the conversion call. It encompasses each phase of parish life: witnessing, praying together, studying Scripture, sharing liturgy, and fellowship. The primary goal of RCIA is to bring about new Catholics.

RCIA was initially for the un-baptized (catechumens) but has been adapted to include those baptized (candidates) in other traditions that wish to know more about the Catholic faith, in order to decide whether or not to join the Catholic Church; and for Catholics who wish to complete their reception of missed Sacraments.

There are four specific phases, in which inquirers move from casual acqaintenance to full commitment:

Period of Evengelization and Precatechumenate: a time for getting acquainted. Inquirers of faith join Catholics in informal discussions to ask questions, and also to share personal faith stories.

Period of Catechumenate: After the inquirers have decided to become Catholic, the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens is celebrated.

Period of Purification and Enlightenment: This period begins on the First Sunday of Lent. The Lenten liturgies focus on forgiveness. On Easter Vigil Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist are bestowed, and the new Catholic is called a neophyte.

Period of Mystagogy: After Easter Vigil, this period allows continuation of instruction. The new Catholics are informed of the various ministries in the parish. This is not the end of their journey, but rather the end of the beginning of our journey, which will continue until Jesus comes again.

RCIA CLASSES are being lead on Wednesdays from September to Easter every year at 6:30 pm in St. John Paul II Center. Please advise those you may know who are baptized but have not received the Sacraments, or anyone who is interested in learning about the Catholic Church. These are user-friendly sessions; a structured, yet informal way of teaching and learning the basics of our Faith.

Any one interested in RCIA should call Deacon Michael Drumm at (830) 491-2217 or the Office.