What is the RCIA?
The R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process for adults who want to explore the idea of joining the Catholic Church. Interested individuals meet weekly with our St. George team to learn about the Scriptures and the teachings of the Catholic Church, and at the same time, to discover the presence of God in their lives. The RCIA program ultimately prepares participants to receive the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. The process includes a number of important ceremonies or rites that are held in the church during the course of the year.
Who is the RCIA for?
R.C.I.A. is designed for adults who are:
|Baptized in another Christian church|
|Baptized Catholic, but with no further religious training or sacraments|
In the past, we have also included adult Catholics who have never received the sacrament of Confirmation. However, there is an approved 6-session adult Confirmation program offered through the Archdiocese of Hartford. For more information about the Confirmation-only program, contact the Office of Religious Education, www.orehartford.org and St. George Parish.
What do I do if I’m interested?
Call and discuss your interest with the RCIA Director. You will be asked to provide some basic information about yourself, and a little bit about your faith journey to this point. If you are ready and eligible, you will be invited to participate in the first phase of the RCIA, called the inquiry period.
The Period of Inquiry is a time for:
|Asking questions about the Catholic faith|
|Examining God’s presence in our lives, past and present|
|Learning about prayer|
|Developing or improving our relationship with God|
|Getting to know his Church|
You will not be asked to make any commitments during this phase. It is really a time to “check out” the church and to discern if God is calling you to become a member of the Catholic Church.
What if I’m not ready to make the commitment to the Catholic Church just yet?
There is no pressure to continue in the RCIA if at some point you decide that you are neither ready nor interested in joining the Catholic Church. You are always welcome to continue your exploration of the faith within the RCIA process, but postpone your reception of the sacraments. And, you are always welcome to return at another time.
When will I receive the sacraments?
Adults who complete the RCIA process receive the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation, at the Saturday Easter Vigil Mass.
When does the RCIA meet?
Our current RCIA schedule involves meeting most Thursday evenings, beginning the end of September and concluding after Easter, with the Feast of Pentecost.
What is an RCIA parish sponsor?
Sponsors are adults from St. George parish, who are volunteering their time to study alongside those enrolled in the RCIA. They are a link to our parish community, offering support, encouragement, and prayers on behalf of all of us.
Who can be a sponsor?
A sponsor is an adult, at least sixteen years old, who is willing by prayer and example to encourage and instruct another person in living our Catholic faith. We invite St. George parishioners who have fulfilled all the requirements that are necessary for being a Godparent for Baptism or a sponsor for Confirmation, to consider serving as an RCIA Parish Sponsor. These include:
|Have received the Catholic Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist|
|Attend Mass regularly on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation|
|A manner of life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken|
|If married, the marriage is canonically valid and recognized as such by the Catholic Church|