God works in many different ways. Most of the time, God works through ordinary people and events: a parent, a friend, a beautiful sunset… Other times, we hear God’s call during crisis moments or major-life-changes: a birth, an engagement, a sickness, a death, or sometimes we just have a feeling that something is missing. No matter what the reasons are for becoming a Catholic, the Church’s hope and prayer is that when God calls them, they will respond. Becoming a Catholic is a process. This process is called the RCIA. The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which non-baptized men and women enter the Catholic Church. It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass. Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism.
If you know of anyone who would be interested in the Catholic faith, please ask them to contact the Parish office, our classes will be starting soon.