Becoming Catholic

Becoming Catholic

Interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith?

The RCIA process provides several stages of faith formation for individual seeking to know more about being a Catholic Christian within the Catholic Church.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is not a class, or series of programs, but rather, it is a process which allows the participants the opportunity to explore the Catholic faith gradually through sharing, formal teaching, liturgical celebrations, prayer and fellowship. Those interested in learning more about Jesus Christ and the teaching of His Church, without any commitment, are encouraged to seek answers. Find out why Catholics believe Christ is the answer to their problems and dilemmas, and see how He can help them.

Individuals may begin the RCIA process at any time during the year. The first stage of the process, Inquiry or (pre-catechumenate) is a time to explore questions about the Church and to begin to form an appreciation for the Liturgy and Scripture readings heard at Sunday Liturgy. These inquiry gatherings are conversational and casual. They take place every Sunday following the 9am Liturgy—in the Conference room – enter through the church front office. This is an open ended time frame –a person seeking to learn about the Church may remain in this period of preparation for as long as desired.

The opportunity to move to the next stage is offered 3 times each year. When one is ready to move forward, the Rite of Acceptance/Welcome is celebrated. At this time the person or persons move into the period of the Catechumenate-where there is more formal learning and formation-this stage is for one full liturgical year, beginning with the Rite and culminating with full initiation into the Catholic Church.

For more information, please contact the parish office at (949) 249-4091 or info@st-timsrc.org .