R.C.I.A. is primarily intended for those who are unbaptized and who are preparing for the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. However, the Rite provides adaptations for those who are already baptized but are preparing for a profession of faith and full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
R.C.I.A. meets on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. beginning on October 13 and meets every week (with a few exceptions) through May 11, 2017. Each session includes time for prayer, learning about the Catholic Faith, with time for discussion and will adjourn at 8:30 p.m. If meeting on Thursdays evenings is impossible for someone to attend, and he or she is adequately motivated, an alternative track will be explored for an inquirer.
The first step is to contact Mark Croteau, Director of Catholic Mission, at email@example.com or 651.789.8352 for an initial meeting. This will give someone interested a chance to learn more about the process and have their questions answered.
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October 13 - R.C.I.A. begins
7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall conference room.
Period of Inquiry: October 13 - November 17
This is the initial stage of one's faith journey within the R.C.I.A. process. It is a time of hearing the Gospel, a time to sort out questions and motivations, a time of introduction into the faith life of the Catholic Church. Participants in this phase of the process are called "inquirers".
Sunday, November 20 - Rite of Acceptance and Welcome
Period of the Catechumenate: December 1 - February 23
This is the phase when much of the teaching (catechesis) takes place. It presumes an initial commitment to the R.C.I.A. process (a form of conversion) as one explores the beliefs, values, prayer and mission of the Catholic Church. Participants in the phase of the process are called "catechumens" (if not baptized yet) or "candidates for full communion" (if baptized already).
March 5 - Rite of Sending;
Rite of Election 2:00 at the Cathedral of St. Paul
Period of Purification and Enlightenment: March 2 – April 6
This phase in R.C.I.A. is a time of discernment for both the candidates and the catechumens -- now called "the elect". The season of Lent provides a period of spiritual retreat to examine the moments that God has "broken through" and given enlightenment in the preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation. Accounts within the Gospel of John will help the elect and candidates to discern their readiness for the Sacraments of Initiation as the Easter Vigil approaches.
April 13 - Holy Thursday
April 14 - Good Friday
April 15 - Easter Vigil
The Period of Mystagogy: April 20 – May 11
Received as new members of the Body of Christ, the newly baptized and confirmed continue their formation as they celebrate and reflect on the mysteries they have encountered in the Sacraments of Initiation.
This phase brings newly initiated through the transition from R.C.I.A. community to the full life of the parish.