RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process through which adults enter into the Catholic faith. RCIA is a spiritual journey and consists of various phases and rites that are designed to help a person consciously discern formal entrance into the Catholic faith. The person’s spiritual growth is encouraged and enhanced through weekly reflection on God’s Word and Church teachings, doctrine and traditions. This link provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions about RCIA.
HOW DOES RCIA WORK IN OUR PARISH?
Our process begins in June with an Introductory Brunch, where the RCIA team explains the RCIA process and answers any questions pertaining to Catholic faith. The RCIA director meets with interested persons throughout the summer and registers those interested in attending class. The process formally begins in September. RCIA members are assigned a Catholic parishioner to act as their sponsor. RCIA members meet on Sunday mornings to explore further the teachings, doctrines and traditions of the Catholic faith. After class, RCIA members attend Mass as a group. RCIA members participate in several rites or scrutinies through the process year. Generally, RCIA members who decide to become a full member of the Catholic Church are welcomed into the community at the following year’s Easter Vigil liturgy.
WHAT IS A SPONSOR?
The role of the sponsor is vital and fulfilled by Catholic parishioners. Basically, a sponsor is someone who is willing to be a friend, witness and guide for the inquirer. Each sponsor will receive training and support from the RCIA team. We do expect the RCIA sponsor to be more than a ceremonial sponsor for Baptism, Confirmation, or reception into the Church. Sponsors have enriched their own faith life by attending the weekly class sessions. Some have shared their own prayer life and introduced their inquirer to some of our Catholic parishioners, devotions, activities and ministries of our parish life. All of this helps our potential new member become an active and vital part of our large Catholic family.
In the Toledo Diocese, sponsors must to be at least 17 years or older, have completed their Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation), and attend Mass on a regular basis.
If you are a parishioner who is interested in acting as a sponsor, please contact the Director of RCIA.
WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF THE PROCESS?
Class Meetings: RCIA members meet on Sundays from 9:45 a.m. to Noon in Clare Hall. Childcare is available.
Mass Attendance: After class, RCIA members attend Noon Mass as a group.
Parish Retreat: RCIA group members attend the Parish Retreat. The Retreat is held on a Friday evening and all day on Saturday in the early part of the new year. The retreat is an excellent opportunity for RCIA members to meet others in the parish who are growing in faith.
Rites and Scrutinies: The journey through RCIA involves four stages. The rites to mark passage though the stages take place during the Sunday Mass.
Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation: The Elect receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist during the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church.
Pentecost: This feast day marks the completion of the formal RCIA process.
ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL STEPS?
Some RCIA members may need to complete additional steps prior to becoming a new member such as a securing a marriage annulment or validation, or obtaining permission from certain Orthodox Christian faiths. The RCIA director and pastor will assist members with special circumstances.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
Contact the Parish Office at 419-352-4195 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain information on the RCIA process and receive an RCIA registration packet. Complete the forms in the registration packet and return them to the Parish Office. The RCIA director will contact you for an appointment to complete the registration process and to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding RCIA.