RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is a process that begins with evangelization, then a period of teaching, then a period of pray and study, the reception the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion) and Easter gatherings with the parish. RCIA can benefit anyone seeking one of these three Sacraments or all three: the unbaptized, non-Catholic Christians or Catholics in need of one of their Sacraments.
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Christianity is not one religion among many. Jesus came to be the one and only means of salvation: the one way to the Father, the one truth and the one life (John 14:6). Christianity is the means by which people discover, encounter and share in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. No other religion, way or philosophy was determined by God to be a means of peace, joy and eternal life. The fullness of Christ is found in the Catholic Church. Catholicism is the fullness of Christianity; it is the fullness of the gifts God has given to His adopted children.
This can only be accomplished through Baptism and Faith. Jesus chose Baptism as the means by which a person becomes an adopted child of God and receives forgiveness for their sins, begins their spiritual life, enters into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, is first initiated into the Church, first receives the Holy Spirit and is necessary for eternal salvation as Jesus Himself promised in the Gospel of John. At the end of the Gospels we discover that God desires ALL people to be invited to this great gift in and through Baptism. Baptism is the gateway to exploring the greatest love we will ever know.
See: Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:16, John 3:5, Acts 2:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 2:41, Romans 6:3-4, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 4:4-7
Some people have an established interest in the Catholic Faith through a relationship, experience or something they have begun to learn. By exploring the Catholic Faith one comes to know what exactly the Catholic Church believes and does not believe, and why. Before Jesus death, He prayed to God the Father and asked God to protect the unity of His followers. Paul the Apostle wrote several letters, found within the New Testament, seeking to keep the churches together in one faith and not divided. Over the last 2,000 years events have occurred that have brought Christians into conflict and sometimes this conflict has led to division within Christianity. It is Christ’s desire for all Christians to be united together. Jesus formed one Church, one Bride (Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 5). We believe the fullness of Christ is found in the Catholic Church, that Catholicism is the fullness of the gifts God has given to His adopted children.
See: John 17, 1 Corinthians 1:10, 2 Corinthians 13:11, Colossians 3:14, Ephesians 4:5, Philippians 2:2
Absolutely. A wide range of Catholic beliefs are explored: the Pope, Mass, Mary and the Saints, Purgatory, Scripture and Tradition, Faith and Works etc. These are important issues but not as central as Jesus Himself. We strive to explore all things through Jesus Christ and our relationship with Him. It has been the exploration of these things that has engaged dozens of non-Catholic Christian Pastors and Bible Scholars to explore the Catholic faith each year with surprising results (like joining the Catholic Church). All this happens through RCIA.
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What is RCIA?
RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is a process that begins with evangelization (core beliefs of Christianity), then a period of specific teachings, then a period of pray and study, the hopeful reception the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion) and Easter gatherings with the rest of the community. At Christ the King Church we use RCIA for the unbaptized seeking the Sacraments of Initiation, a non-Catholic Christian seeking the fullness of Christ in the Catholic Church and adult Catholics seeking to complete their initiation into the life in Christ.
There are three Sacraments of Initiation chosen by Jesus Christ. The First is Baptism, the next is Confirmation (it deepens the grace of Baptism) and the final Sacrament of Initiation is Holy Communion. The Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 1212 says: “The sacraments of Christian initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist - lay the foundations of every Christian life. ‘The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity’ (Paul VI).”
The Sacrament of Confirmation is open to all those who have been Baptized and are ready to enter more deeply into the life of Christ. It is not uncommon for Baptized people to grow up in a Catholic household and, for whatever reason, and not complete their Sacraments of Initiation: either the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Sacrament of Holy Communion or both. You would be surprised by the amount of Catholics that this describes.
Question: How do I begin the process of RCIA?