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RCIA
Interested in Becoming a Catholic?

Contact (English) Tongay Epp (402) 910-2696 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact (Spanish) Deacon Ciso Macia 480-987-0315 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WHAT IS R.C.I.A.?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process by which the Catholic Church warmly welcomes new members. The Church wants to share its life with you and offer its support and encouragement.If you are seeking the Fullness of the Truth and are interested in the Catholic Christian way, this is where you belong.

WHO MAY ATTEND?
1. Any adult who is 18 years or older.
2. Those who have not been baptized.
3. Those who were baptized in another
denomination and are interested in
learning more about the Catholic faith.
4. Baptized Catholics who need their First
Holy Communion and/or Confirmation.

WHAT IF I’M DIVORCED AND
REMARRIED OR JUST DIVORCED?

Specific marital situations will be discussed individually and should not deter anyone from making inquiry. Annulment and convalidation issues will be discussed
confidentially.

WHAT IF I’M ALREADY A CATHOLIC?

If you have been away for a while and want to return or simply want to know more
about the faith, just give us a call. We have wonderful ‘Coming Home’ groups and
great resources to help you in knowing,loving and serving God in his church.

WHAT ARE THE INITIATION STEPS?

Evangelization and Precatechumenate This is the “Inquiry” period, a time of introduction to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and of reflection on one’s own life in the

light of Eternal Truth. It is a time for questions and answers and an opportunity for the beginnings of Christian faith. Enjoy fun and informative sessions on the Faith of our Fathers, held throughout the year (contact parish for schedule).

Acceptance into the Order ofCatechumens/ Rite of Welcoming

This is the first of the Rites to be celebrated in the midst of the community, to signify one’s decision to begin serious reflection and formal study of the Catholic life of faith, hope and charity.

Period of the Catechumenate

The extended period of study, to nurture faith, knowledge, and deeper conversion. Sessions in English held on Mondays, 6:30pm-8:00pm., and in Spanish on Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm in Highberger Hall in Spanish. 

Election or Enrollment of Names/ Rite ofRecognition

This is the liturgical rite, celebrated on the First Sunday of Lent in the cathedral of the diocese, in which the Bishop formally ackknowledges the readiness of the candidates and catechumens, and calls them to the Sacraments of full initiation.

Period of Purification & Enlightenment. This phase takes place during the Lenten season prior to full initiation at the Easter Vigil. This is a time of intense, immediate preparation, centered on the Word of God, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and the evangelical Scrutinies.

Sacraments of Initiation. Catechumens and candidates celebrate initiation in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, ordinarily done at the Easter Vigil Mass.

Period of Mystagogy. This is a part of the journey after full initiation in which the mysteries of living the kingdom of God are unfolded. In order to participate fully in the Eucharistic life and mission of the Church, we gather together regularly for ongoing catechesis and fellowship.

How long does it take? Christian initiation is the Church’s way of ministering sensitively to those who seek membership. For that reason, some people will need more time than others to prepare for the lifetime commitment that comes with membership in the Catholic Church. The length of preparation takes several months to several years in some cases. Every individual situation is taken into consideration by the catechist/s and the

Pastor.

A JOURNEY OF FAITH

We welcome you and your questions to this journey of faith, hope and love. We want you to see us not as experts in the field, but rather, as friends who offer themselves as companions for the journey. It is not necessary for you to rush headlong into this process. Take the time you need to articulate your needs and to explore the Church’s ability to respond to them. We are all pilgrims on this earth. We will travel together joyfully and arrive at the great end God has for us.

What is the first step? Call or e-mail... see the top of the page.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. Your souls will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

Gospel of Matthew 11:29-30

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