The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process through which adults learn about the teachings of Jesus as the Catholic Church has handed them on and put these teachings into practice by living as part of the Catholic community, serving others and praying.

RCIA is for three groups of people:
    - Those who have never been baptized in any faith,
    - People who were baptized in another Christian faith, and
    - Baptized Catholics who have never received the Sacraments of
Confirmation and Eucharist.

RCIA has several aspects:

Spiritual � candidates attend part of Sunday Mass as a group each week.  They learn new ways of praying, and they look into themselves to discover what God is saying to them now.

Educational � candidates learn what the Catholic Church believes about God, about Jesus, about the Bible, and about what the Church teaches.

Community � candidates are encouraged to be part of the parish and to attend parish events and celebrations.  Their sponsors are representatives of the parish community.

The next RCIA program will begin in September.  The program meets nearly every Sunday morning.  At the Easter Vigil Mass (Holy Saturday- � the night before Easter) catechumens who need to be Baptized will receive the sacrament, and all catechumens will receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

RCIA is a process which helps a person figure out what God is saying to him or her at this point in life.  The emphasis is on personal reflection, prayer, and service to the less fortunate.  There are also formal presentations on subjects such as God, Jesus, the Sacraments, and the Scriptures.  There are no quizzes or exams.

If you are interested in pursuing RCIA we encourage you to contact Father Gary or Deacon Don for more information about RCIA.  Both can be contacted through the Parish Secretary (618) 687-2012 or [email protected]