St. Matthew's Catholic Church

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or R.C.I.A.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is the process by which unbaptized adults become members of the Roman Catholic Church. The process is concerned with the total formation of the person into believing with the Church community (doctrinal formation), living with the Church community (practical formation), praying with the Church community (liturgical formation), and serving with the Church community (apostolic formation). This gradual development culminates in the celebration of the initiation sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and the Eucharist at Easter time.

The central and unifying principle of the Rite is CONVERSION. By entering into the conversion journey through R.C.I.A., people join the paschal journey of Jesus Christ and are introduced to Church doctrine, life, liturgy, and apostolic work. The Rite thus broadens the practice of "convert instruction" to allow for an all-inclusive and ongoing formation in the faith. The gospel message of conversion is the reason for becoming a Catholic Christian and the reason for remaining one.

The R.C.I.A. is a vital and significant liturgical process because it respects the valuable and revered tradition of the Catholic Church, while also addressing itself to the meaningfulness of the Christian faith in the contemporary world.

Meetings are held on Wednesday Nights from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m..
Baby sitting is provided.

The Spring Group will begin on February 7th, 1996.

Please call Elda Maria Estrada at the Adult Education Department for more information: 696-4161.

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