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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults



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

Have you been touched by someone’s enthusiasm for their Catholic Faith and want to know more yourself? Do you have family or friends that might be interested in inquiring about their journey of faith?
The church has provided a process for Christian initiation that follows a progression that is the fruit of hundreds of years of wisdom and experience. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a plan for the way Catholics welcome and form adults and children of catechetical age in the way of Jesus as it is lived in the Catholic tradition. At first, some people feel the church’s plan of initiation is unrealistic or burdensome because of its complex structure and the time that is presumed for the whole initiation process. At first it may appear to be a long process but actually passes quickly. It frequently feels like there
wasn’t enough time to do everything well.
One of the reasons the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is so extensive is that it provides for a variety of circumstances. RCIA is for the unbaptized adult, for children of catechetical
age, for men and women who are baptized but who were never formed in the traditions and
teachings of the faith, for baptized Catholics who seek to complete their initiation by being
confirmed or receiving the Eucharist or both, and for baptized Christians from other churches who will prepare to be received into the full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Each of these different individuals requires particular attention but all are welcomed into the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process.
Those interested in the Rite of Christian Initiation process will meet on Monday evening beginning on August 14th between 7:00 and 9:00 PM in the Parish Hall. We continue to meet until May 14th. There are also two retreats and many Rites along the way as you journey toward the reception of the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil.

Please contact Elizabeth Hanks in the Parish Office, extension 25 to set up an appointment to
discuss the process. 

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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