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AN INVITATION TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY AND OUR FAITH

 Are you or a friend or loved one looking for a faith community which can nurture their growth in faith? Wondering about the role of God in your life, Jesus, Pope Francis, the Catholic Church today? Wanting to know more about the faith of someone you love? Thinking about being baptized? Already baptized but want to find out about becoming Catholic?

Do you have a child seven years old or older who isn’t baptized? Do you have a young person baptized in another tradition but seeking 1st Eucharist and Confirmation in the Catholic Church?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process by which people ages 7 to 107 become Catholic Christians. But before making this decision we spend time exploring our own faith and the faith of this community. Then the process is tailored to the needs and background of the person.

If you have questions, call or email Jackie Graham (651-683-9808x25 or jgraham@st.thomasbecket.org

 

ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT JOINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH? 

  • Do you have a friend or relative who is searching for a faith home?
  • Are you a Catholic who needs to complete initiation through Confirmation and/or 1st Eucharist?
  • Do you have a child or children who were never baptized?
  • Do you have a child who was baptized in another faith tradition, but want to live as a Catholic Christian?

 

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (and adapted for children) is the way that the Catholic Church welcomes people into the Church. Click on “Faith Formation” and scroll down to RCIA (Becoming Catholic) to begin a process of inquiring as to whether you would like to begin a journey towards full initiation into the Catholic Church.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA is the process whereby adults and children over the age of seven become Catholics.  It is a process in which conversion of the heart brings a person to Jesus Christ through scripture, learning, discussion, prayer, and community. 

The RCIA is for:

  • Unbaptized adults and children over the age of seven who are considering entrance into the Catholic Church through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
  • Adults and children over the age of seven who were baptized in another tradition and are considering becoming a Catholic
  • Adults who were baptized Catholic but did not complete their initiation through Confirmation and/or First Eucharist

STAGES:

The Inquiry Period can be joined at any time of the year and is a time for asking questions and discerning if you want to continue. If so, you enter

The Catechumenate (if unbaptized) or Candidacy for Full Communion (if baptized) in which you strive to learn more about Christian Catholicism and grow in your faith. During this time a baptized person who has a good understanding of the faith and feels ready to move forward may complete initiation through Confirmation and/or Eucharist on any Sunday. Catechumens and other baptized candidates may proceed to

The Period of Purification and Enlightenment during Lent, a time of more intense spiritual preparation leading to

The Rites of Initiation at the Easter Vigil (the night before Easter Sunday).

After Easter there is a Period of Mystagogy as you adjust to your life as a Catholic Christian.

The Church of St. Thomas Becket walks with you and prays for you through each of these stages which are marked with rites celebrated with the worshiping community.

The process is tailored to your spiritual needs, and throughout this process you will decide whether you want to continue.

VOLUNTEERS ON THE JOURNEY

Catholics who would like to learn more about and share their faith and enrich their spiritual lives may serve the catechumens and candidates as sponsors and/or godparents, hospitality ministers, prayer companions, and catechetists.

 If you are interested in trying it out, participating, or sponsoring someone, please contact:

Jackie Graham, Liturgy and RCIA Coordinator

651-683-9808x25 or jgraham@st.thomasbecket.org