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 Wednesday Evenings from 7:15pm to 8:45pm.

SAINT MARY’S CHURCH – RCIA 2017/2018            

September 13 Week 1 Law, Grace, & Justification; God: Father & Creator

Life in Christ chapters 1 & 2

September 20 Week 2 Revelation

Life in Christ chapters 3 & 4

September 27 Week 3 The Created World, Man, and the Fall

Life in Christ chapters 5 & 6

October 4 No Class – Pastor Away
October 11 No Class – Pastor Away
October 18 Week 4 Jesus and the Incarnation

Life in Christ chapters 7 & 8

October 25 Week 5 The Mysteries of Jesus’ Life

Life in Christ chapters 9 & 10

November 1 No Class – All Saints Day
November 8 Week 6 The Passion & Death of Jesus; the Ascension; the 2nd Coming

Life in Christ chapters 11 & 12

November 15 Week 7 The Mission of the Holy Spirit; the Church

Life in Christ chapters 13 & 14

November 22 No Class – Thanksgiving
November 29 Week 8 The Marks and Structure of the Church; the Precepts of the Church

Life in Christ chapters 15 & 16

December 6 Week 9 The Communion of Saints; the Role of Mary

Life in Christ chapters 17 & 18

December 13 Week 10 Introduction to the Sacraments; the Liturgy of the Church

Life in Christ chapters 19 & 20

December 20 No Class – Christmas Break
December 27 No Class – Christmas Break
January 3 No Class – Christmas Break
January 10 Week 11 Baptism & Confirmation

Life in Christ chapters 21 & 22

January 17 Week 12 The Mass

Life in Christ chapters 23 & 24

January 24 Week 13 The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Life in Christ chapters 25 & 26

January 31 Week 14 Anointing of the Sick; Holy Orders

Life in Christ chapters 27 & 28

February 7 Week 15 Marriage; Sacramentals

Life in Christ chapters 29 & 30

February 14 No Class – Ash Wednesday
February 18 (Sunday) Rite of Election/Welcoming

Meet at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ at 2:45pm

February 21 Week 16 Morality & Conscience; Virtues & Sin; Social Justice

Life in Christ chapters 31 & 32 / Acceptance of Catechumens

February 28 Week 17 Man’s Response to Revelation; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Commandments

Life in Christ chapter 33 & 34 / Anointing of Catechumens

March 7 Week 18 The 4th & 5th Commandments/1st Scrutiny

Life in Christ chapters 35 & 36

March 14 Week 19 The 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th Commandments/2nd Scrutiny

Life in Christ chapters 37 & 38

March 21 Week 20 The Four Last Things; Life Everlasting/3rd Scrutiny

Life in Christ chapters 39 & 40

March 31 (sat. 1:00pm) Rehearsal for Easter Vigil; Easter Vigil