Adult Formation & RCIA

RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It contains various rites, some of them optional, for bringing adult converts into the faith.  Some of these rites are: the anointing of catechumens, the rite of welcoming, the Rite of Election, and the scrutinies.  The rituals involved generally take place in the weeks leading up to the Easter Vigil, when those who have not been baptized (catechumens) receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and Holy Communion.

At the core of the RCIA are the instruction classes. Before making the commitment to join the Church and become a full member of the Catholic Faith, it is imperative that adults possess sufficient knowledge of what the Church teaches (about herself, Scriptures, God, mankind, and morality) so that their decision is fully informed and made with complete freedom.  Below is this year’s RCIA schedule.  Classes are normally held on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

SAINT MARY’S CHURCH – RCIA 2016/2017            

August 21 Week 1 Law, Grace, & Justification; God: Father & Creator

Life in Christ chapters 1 & 2

August 28 Week 2 Revelation

Life in Christ chapters 3 & 4

September 4 No Class
September 11 Week 3 The Created World, Man, and the Fall

Life in Christ chapters 5 & 6

September 18 Week 4 Jesus and the Incarnation

Life in Christ chapters 7 & 8

September 25 Week 5 The Mysteries of Jesus’ Life

Life in Christ chapters 9 & 10

October 2 No Class
October 9 Week 6 The Passion & Death of Jesus; the Ascension; the 2nd Coming

Life in Christ chapters 11 & 12

October 16 Week 7 The Mission of the Holy Spirit; the Church

Life in Christ chapters 13 & 14

October 23 No Class
October 30 No Class
November 6 Week 8 The Marks and Structure of the Church; the Precepts of the Church

Life in Christ chapters 15 & 16

November 13 Week 9 The Communion of Saints; the Role of Mary

Life in Christ chapters 17 & 18

November 20 Week 10 Introduction to the Sacraments; the Liturgy of the Church

Life in Christ chapters 19 & 20

November 27 No Class
December 4 Week 11 Baptism & Confirmation

Life in Christ chapters 21 & 22

December 11 Week 12 The Mass

Life in Christ chapters 23 & 24

December 18 Week 13 The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Life in Christ chapters 25 & 26

December 25 No Class
January 1 No Class
January 8 Week 14 Anointing of the Sick; Holy Orders

Life in Christ chapters 27 & 28

January 15 Week 15 Marriage; Sacramentals

Life in Christ chapters 29 & 30

January 22 Week 16 Morality & Conscience; Virtues & Sin; Social Justice

Life in Christ chapters 31 & 32 / Acceptance of Catechumens

January 29 No Class
February 5 Week 17 Man’s Response to Revelation; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Commandments

Life in Christ chapter 33 & 34 / Anointing of Catechumens

February 12 Week 18 The 4th & 5th Commandments

Life in Christ chapters 35 & 36

February 19 Week 19 The 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th Commandments

Life in Christ chapters 37 & 38

February 26 Week 20 The 8th Commandment; the Four Last Things; Life Everlasting

Life in Christ chapters 39 & 40

March 5 Rite of Election @ Cathedral of the Risen Christ
March 12 Week 21 1st Scrutiny
March 19 Week 22 2nd Scrutiny
March 26 Week 23 3rd Scrutiny
March 20 – April 9 No Class
April 15 (Sat. 1:00 pm)  Rehearsal for Easter Vigil; Easter Vigil