The RCIA, which stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which non-baptized adults and children over the age of 7 enter the Catholic Church. The RCIA is also for those baptized in another faith tradition who wish to be fully initiated in the Catholic faith. It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass. Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens/candidates. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospels, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism.
Team/Catechists These people walk the journey with the RCIA participants meeting weekly as they are able. Duties include hospitality, sharing faith, giving presentations on topics with which they are comfortable, and working closely with the RCIA coordinator.
Sponsors These people represent the parish community and the Catholic faith. They support a catechumen/candidate on his/her faith journey. Sponsors attend RCIA sessions with their catechumen/candidate as much as they are able, support them with prayer and time spent with them, stand with them during liturgical rites, and support them spiritually throughout the process and beyond.
A sponsor must be a baptized and confirmed Catholic who is actively practicing his/her faith. The sponsor should not be a parent to the person he/she is sponsoring; and, if married, must be in a valid Catholic marriage.
For more information, contact Sister Cathy Lange at 434-2417, ext. 214
- Choose at least one Confirmed, practicing Catholic to be a Godparent.
- Contact the parish at least 60 days in advance to make arrangements
- Attend the Baptism Preparation Program
- Be at the church for Baptism at least 15 minutes before the Mass.
Baptism Class is held the last Thursday of each month. Call 434-2145 to register. Baptisms will be celebrated on Sundays at any Mass. It is celebrated more frequently during Easter Season and is not celebrated during the Lenten Season.
Looking for volunteers: Couples are needed to facilitate the Baptism preparation program which runs about 2 hours once a month. New couples are asked to observe before beginning this ministry. The time required is about 3 nights per year.
Because marriage is a sacred and serious commitment, it is necessary for all couples contemplating this union to prepare themselves for it by prayer and study. Before renting a hall, contact the parish to set a date. This should take place at least six (6) months before the desired date of the wedding. In fact, as soon as an engagement takes place, contact the pastor.
At least one of the parties must be a registered member of the parish or have a connection with the parish (e.g., grew up in the parish but now lives elsewhere).
The couple must give evidence of faith in God, participate in parish worship and activities, and have an understanding of the Catholic faith. They will need to attend the parish's Marriage Preparation Workshop or a diocesan workshop if there is a scheduling conflict and any extra sessions with the pastor, as he deems necessary. They should work out the pre-marriage inventory and discuss the inventory with a parish couple trained to facilitate this process.
The couple must present the necessary documentation: recently issued record of baptism, confirmation, and dispensations (if necessary) and complete the necessary diocesan forms. They will work with parish staff to plan a truly meaningful liturgy.
Sacrament of the Sick
The anointing of the sick is a special sacrament for Christians dangerously ill as a result of sickness or old age. The sacrament is also intended for patients undergoing surgery, for elderly persons who are in a weak condition, for children who are seriously ill and will be comforted by its reception. Call 434-2145 to set up an appointment.
A communal celebration of this sacrament is celebrated communally 3-4 times a year so that the sick, surrounded by the Church in the person of their family and friends, can receive special support and encouragement from the faith community.
Holy Orders is a sacrament of vocation where men commit their lives to participation in Christ's priesthood in a unique way.
For more information on vocations, contact Father John at 434-2145