R.C.I.A. (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. Your souls will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Every year adults are welcomed into the Catholic Community through RCIA. It is a learning and loving process in which conversion of the heart brings you to Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Savior.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the normal way in which adults become full, active, participating members of the Catholic Church. The process leading to full initiation follows four steps adapted to the particular needs and concerns of those to be initiated. The initiation process help adults to grow in their relationship with God, become familiar with Catholic teachings and practices, and get involved in service within the parish or the wider community.
R.C.I.A is for those who are:
- Interested in learning more about the Catholic Church
- Baptized into another denomination or unbaptized but recognize a need for spirituality in your life
- Catholic adults who would like a deeper understanding of their faith
- Married to a Catholic and attend Mass but just don’t know what the next step is to become one of the Catholic faithful
In reaching out to those who have expressed a desire to become Catholic, the church wishes to share its prayers, traditions, values, and apostolic work. The Christian Initiation process calls for each inquirer to have a sponsor. Sponsors are active members of the parish community who serve as companions to the inquirers.
What is involved in being a sponsor for someone who is being initiated into the Catholic Church? You are paired up with an inquirer and attend weekly sessions with that person. You extend, in a personal way, the parish community’s welcome and support. The joy and faith, the personal stories, struggles, and insights of new members will renew your own faith and sense of belonging to the church. As you share some of your own life and faith, you will uncover for yourself new dimensions of being a Catholic Christian.
St. Francis of Assisi RCIA is lead by Fr. Joseph Grima. If you are interested in learning more about attending R.C.I.A. or about becoming a sponsor, please phone the Church office during business hours.
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