Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation is based on the principle that the process of conversion proceeds gradually, in stages. Progress from one stage to the next is marked by a liturgical celebration in the midst of the parish community. The experience and needs of those in each category differ, and so the length of time may vary for each person. Yet, there are similarities among all the groups and the process they will experience.
Unbaptized adults who need a process to help them grow in awareness to God's call to conversion as well as ways to respond to that call. They are considered catechumens.
Those baptized in another Christian church seeking full communion with the Roman Catholic Church (Eucharist and Confirmation) are also considered candidates.
Adult Catholics who were baptized and received their First Eucharist in the Catholic Church and are interested in the Sacrament of Confirmation should contact the parish office to set up an appointment with Fr. Doug Owens or Fr. Julian Cardona.
Sponsors are traveling companions to the Inquirer going through the RCIA process. Sponsors are friends, companions, and guides along this journey. A sponsor listens to his/her candidate’s questions and doubts. He/she must be a practicing Catholic with knowledge of the Catholic religion.
A sponsor does have to be a practicing Catholic and has to have received the Initiation Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
A sponsor comes to the weekly sessions and the special rites with his/her candidate, encourages his/her candidate and is willing to share his/her time and faith.
Sponsors are the link through which candidates become exposed to the various ways in which members of the parish community already serve in some form of ministry. As sponsors we do not come with a ready-made plan for any candidate, but we listen with them as the plan of God unfolds in their hearts and actions. Please contact Jill St. Yves for more information 865-986-9885.