The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the Church's way of guiding adults who have begun their journey of faith to complete initiation in the Catholic Church.
The process is for adults who…
have never been baptized
were baptized in another Christian church and now wish to come into full communion with the Catholic Church
were baptized in the Catholic Church but were not raised in the faith and are seeking to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
This process takes place within the community of our parish. It is a gradual process in which parishioners join with candidates for the sacraments in sharing scripture, building community, celebrating liturgy, and serving the needs of others. For further information please call the parish office.
During the 8:30 Mass on January 5th, 2014, we are celebrating the Rite of Welcome (for the baptized) with inquirers, their families and sponsors. This Rite is our official welcome as Church to those people who have begun walking the faith journey through the candidate process. During the Rite they make their intent known to us (to be faithful to instructions, diligent in prayer, energetic in good works, and grateful for all that has brought them to where they are today.) The candidates are asked these two questions: "What do you ask of God?" and "What do you ask of God's Church?" Sponsors and the Assembly promise during the Rite to help the candidates follow Christ.
Please help these people feel welcome to St. Joseph's Parish and keep them in your prayers, along with their families and sponsors.