The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Contact: Deacon Mike Richard
Are you interested in learning more about Catholicism? Do you have friends or acquaintances who are questioning what Catholicism is all about? Do you have Catholic family members or friends who have fallen away from the Faith? Invite them to investigate the truth about Catholicism by joining the RCIA group here at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. You are guaranteed to learn things about the Church you never knew!
In recent years there has been a great increase in the number of adults who are joining the Catholic Church. RCIA (which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a program designed to help non-Catholics and non-practicing Catholics learn more about Catholicism through a series of classes, discussions, prayer times and ceremonies. This program helps people grow in faith and knowledge of God as they consider becoming Catholic. There is no obligation to join the Catholic Church.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's RCIA program is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. If you are not yet sure whether you want to become Catholic, you are still welcome to participate as you make your decision.
People from all sorts of religious backgrounds join the RCIA. Some have been baptized in another Christian religion and some have not. Some have been practicing members of a Christian religion for years and some have had little or no religious instruction or support. Some are already Catholic but are seeking a greater understanding of our Faith.
Non-Catholic adults who wish to explore becoming members of the Catholic Church are invited to join the RCIA process, which provides ongoing instruction in the Catholic faith. After an appropriate amount of time, adults receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at Easter.
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