Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is the process where adults can learn more about the beliefs of the Catholic Church with the possibility of eventually joining the Catholic Church. Our RCIA group meets weekly from September through May with the possibility for Scripture Study during the summer months. At St. Paul’s, the RCIA process is directed by a coordinator and a team of parishioners who are practicing Catholics and true evangelizers of our faith. From presenting the topic for the evening, to engaging in discussions, to sharing faith stories, team members and RCIA candidates learn together.
Team members attend the weekly sessions as well as the various Rites and present most of the topics. There are two or three other parishioners who are not team members but present a few topics during the year. In addition to the team members, parishioners are often needed to act as sponsors for the candidates. The sponsor is expected to attend the weekly meetings with their candidate. They are also expected to be present for the Rites of Acceptance, Sending, and Election, and to attend the Easter Vigil when the candidate is received into the Catholic Church.
Each week we publish the subject matter for the upcoming Tuesday meeting in the bulletin and parishioners are encouraged to attend. For more information about the RCIA process or to become a candidate for RCIA, please email Sister Dorothy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the summer months the RCIA team offers Scriptures Study for former candidates, perspective candidates, and interested parishioners. We will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Pre-registration for these sessions is not required.