RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults might be for you if you are:
RCIA is a gradual process designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God's help, they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation. At the proper time they will receive the sacraments fruitfully.
Conversion is the work of the Holy Spirit and St. Mark's RCIA stands ready whenever you are. One would begin the process after an initial interview with the RCIA coordinator. The process is designed to teach you about the church and its teachings but you are also given whatever time you need for those teachings to make sense in your life. When you are ready, the culmination of the process is the reception of the three sacraments of initiation - baptism, confirmation and communion - and integration into the Body of Christ. The initiation of catechumens is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful. By joining the catechumens in reflecting on the value of the Paschal Mystery and by renewing their own conversion, the faithful provide an example that will help the catechumens to obey the Holy Spirit more generously.
RCIA is the work of the entire parish. There is an RCIA team and catechists who share their faith but the living out of that faith is evident in the entire community who helps by their example of life. The rite is suited to a spiritual journey of adults that varies according to the many forms of God's grace, the free cooperation of the individuals, the action of the Church, and the circumstances of time and place.
The RCIA conversion process is personalized and individualized based on many criteria that adults are affected by in their daily lives and in their spiritual lives. Thus the process can respect each person's faith journey and take a different amount of time for each participant.
RCIA Info Nights Are Coming! These are nights where anyone who is interested in participating in the program can meet the team, get an overview of the program, and ask any questions they might have.
The dates of those two inquiry nights are: Thursday Sept 15th at 7pm in the youth group room, and Thursday Sept 22nd at 7pm in the youth group room.
So, if you or someone you know is interested please feel free to either email me at email@example.com or call at 603-432-8711. Thank you! See you soon! 603-432-8711. Thank you! You are all in my prayers. - Beccah Nusbaum