About Our Ministry
Becoming Catholic is a spiritual journey that believers have traveled for more than 2,000 years. No one embarks on this journey without considerable thought, prayer, and discernment; but eventually they – you – step out in faith. Perhaps you are searching for something or you feel the call of a “still small voice” deep within. That voice is God calling you home. Even before you began your search, God was already there. There are people in the Church to assist you in your spiritual journey. Through a process called the “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA),” trained teams of volunteers walk with you to offer guidance and information about Catholic teachings. Through prayer and rituals as well as faith sharing and community building, participants discover what it means to be a Catholic Christian. The decision to enter into the Catholic Church is left to the individual; however, if you choose to become fully initiated, you will become one of over a billion people who share the same beliefs; united together with a Church that is “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.” Whatever your decision, be assured that God is with you each step of the way.
Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is for adults 18 yrs and older who have not been baptized; who were baptized Catholic but need to complete their sacraments of initiation (First Eucharist and/or Confirmation); or who were fully confirmed Catholic but were never able to practice their faith. It is also for fully-confirmed Catholics who simply want to learn more about their faith for lifelong formation.
Children’s Initiation, (RCIA, Adapted for Children)
To meet the needs for the spiritual journey of a child, the RCIA process has been adapted for children. This adaptation is called Children’s Initiation.
Children’s Initiation is for children in Grade 3 through Grade 12 (up to age 18 yrs) who have not been baptized; or who have been baptized but need to complete their sacraments of initiation (First Eucharist and/or Confirmation).
According to the Church, children ages 7+ have developmentally gained the ability to reason, and so are able to accept and consent to the sacraments of initiation. Having reached the “age of reason”, they are considered as capable of spiritual growth as adults undergoing the same process of initiation. Therefore, children journeying through Children’s Initiation are part of RCIA. Children’s Initiation meetings are held separately from the adults to attend to the needs of the child, but the Rites are celebrated together with the main RCIA class.