“This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic.” These four characteristics, inseparably linked with each other, indicate essential features of the Church and her mission. The Church does not possess them of herself; it is Christ who, through the Holy Spirit, makes his Church one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, and it is he who calls her to realize each of these qualities. Catechism of the Catholic Church #811
Are You Interested in Becoming Catholic?
The parish community is continually renewed when new members join the parish community. The enthusiasm of those seeking to become Catholic is contagious and we are grateful for their witness.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is designed specifically for the initiation of un-baptized persons (Catechumens) or baptized but have received no formal religious training (Candidates). Catholics who have been baptized and have received Eucharist and need only the Sacrament of Confirmation should participate in the Adult Confirmation program.
The process begins with:
- Time to ask questions about the Catholic faith
- An introduction to gospel values and beginnings of faith
Inquiry sessions are generally held the first three Sundays of the month from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. We are currently meeting via Zoom. If you are interested in becoming Catholic and would like to attend the meetings or want more information, please contact the Director of Adult Faith Formation, Mark Purcell at (714) 962-3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overview of RCIA Program
The RCIA process consists of four stages:
- Pre-Catechumenate (Inquiry)
Individuals learn about God and the basics of the Catholic faith. They will have experienced the first beginnings of conversion before taking the next step.
Catechumens grow in their relationship with God and their understanding of their faith. They become familiar with Catholic prayers and practices as well as with the Mass. They participate in the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass, followed by catechetical sessions.
- Purification & Enlightenment
The Elect prepare to receive the sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. This is an intensive time of personal preparation which culminates at the Easter Vigil with the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion.
The newly baptized are now able to explore what it means to receive communion and fully participate in the sacraments of the Catholic Church.
Mark Purcell – Director of Adult Faith Formation