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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults



Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith and Traditions? 

Are you interested in exploring your relationship with God?
Do you have burning questions about the Catholic Church or your journey of faith?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for those not yet baptized, those baptized in another Christian Tradition and those who are uncatechized but were baptized in the Catholic Church and want to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
Those interested in the Rite of Christian Initiation process will meet on Monday evenings beginning on August 28th between 7:00 and 9:00 PM in the Parish Hall.

We will continue to meet until May 14th. Call now to find out if this process is right for you. Contact Elizabeth Hanks in the Parish Office, extension 25 to set up an appointment to discuss the process and receive paperwork before the first meeting.

If you are not baptized or were baptized in another Christian tradition and are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, the Rite of Christian Initiation process might be the next step in your journey of faith. Many parents choose St. Francis of Assisi school for their children and then decide that God is drawing them to expand their own understanding of the Catholic Church. Others may have found grounding in early childhood Catholic education but never completed their Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. We realize that everyone is at a different place on their journey of faith. RCIA is a starting point for those who know they definitely want to become Catholic, as well as others who are just looking and not sure at this time. The Rite of Christian Initiation Process is a good place for you to come and explore what God is asking of you. RCIA meets from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Monday evenings between August and the middle of May.

What are the steps of RCIA?

Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church. After a conversation with a priest, or RCIA director, the person, known as an "inquirer," may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen.

If your child is 7 years or older and has not been Baptized, contact Cheryl Brooten, (206) 242-4575, ext. 24 for information about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children process. 

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