If you’re curious about the Catholic faith, or if you’ve even thought about becoming a Catholic, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program at Saint Matthew Parish is for you.
- Were you raised in another faith tradition?
- Were you raised without any particular religious affiliation?
- Were you baptized in the Catholic faith but received little or no religious education?
- Are you a Catholic who has been away from the Church and wishes to return informed and empowered by your faith?
What Is RCIA? The “RCIA” or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process wherein the participant learns about what it means to be a member of the Catholic Christian faith. RCIA does not just focus on knowing about the teachings of the Catholic Church but also emphasizes the lived experiences of Catholic Christian people. Each session focuses on an aspect of Catholic Christian beliefs and provides an opportunity for discussion. The RCIA process draws on the model of adult initiation from the “catechumenate” (Greek for someone under instruction) in the ancient church, which takes place in a series of carefully planned stages, marked by liturgical rites in the presence of the whole community as adult participants join in a continuing and deepening conversion into faith and discipleship.
What Is the Process? Sessions at Saint Matthew Church will be weekly beginning in September 2017, meet on Wednesday evenings, and culminate with full reception into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass on March 31, 2018.
How Do I Get Started? Contact Jeni Lengerich, Director of Faith Formation, at (317) 297-4297, x2215.