RCIA for 2016-17 will begin in October.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, more commonly referred to as the RCIA, is for anyone 18 years of age and older who would like to learn more about the Catholic faith and for those who seek to be baptized, receive First Holy Communion and be confirmed in the Catholic Church. The RCIA process can also help you complete the necessary steps to become a member of the Catholic Church if you were baptized in another Christian denomination.
The RCIA process is a journey of faith, led by the Holy Spirit. It involves meeting three times per month from September to April and culminates with the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil. It also offers the option to continue with meetings after Easter because this process is a beginning, not an end, to an individual’s faith journey. Meetings at Saint John Berchmans take place on Thursday evenings leading up to Lent. Participants are expected to attend Sunday Mass and they will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. Additional gatherings may be scheduled on Sundays as the Easter Vigil draws near. The sacraments are conferred when the RCIA team, the sponsors and the individuals involved discern that they have adequately developed their faith and are ready to receive the sacraments.
The RCIA is a time to tell stories, ask questions, meet new friends and explore prayer and scripture. If you are interested in finding out more about the RCIA, if you know of anyone who might be a candidate for this journey, or if you are willing to help as a catechist or sponsor, please contact the parish office. Readiness to participate in the program is discerned in conversation with the Director of Faith Formation and Education.
For more information on becoming Catholic, please contact Shelagh Donoghue in the parish office at (773) 486-4300.