American Martyrs and St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
If interested please call the Parish office 812-752-3693
Or DRE Cindy Light 812-595-3673
 
RCIA
 
RCIA stands for “The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults”. The RCIA program at American Martyrs Parish begins in the fall of the year and culminates at the Easter Vigil Mass. Those candidates and Catechumens who have completed their preparation receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist and are received as full participating members into the Catholic Community. The RCIA sessions at American Martyrs meet weekly. We gather together as a faith sharing community with sponsors, team members and participants. The meetings serve as both, a learning experience and sharing and reflecting on Gods call. 
 
What are Candidates and Catechumens?                     
 
A person who has never been baptized before is called a Catechumen. Those individuals who have been baptized before- whether in a Catholic Church or in another Christian denomination are called Candidates. The Catholic Church recognizes and honors almost all other Baptisms. You will not need to be baptized again.
 
Who is RCIA for?
 
RCIA is for those individuals who:
Ø     Think they might be interested in becoming Catholic
Ø     A Baptized Catholic who wishes to receive confirmation and/or Eucharist
 
How does RCIA Work?
 
The RCIA program is actually a 4 step process.
 
 STEP 1: PERIOD OF INQUIRY
 
  • No pressure to join- this is a time to seek more information about the Catholic faith and to get to know some members of the community.
  • An opportunity to examine ones personal relationship with God.
  • Ends when individuals are confident in their desire to seek initiation into the Catholic Church and begin their study of the teachings and practices of the Catholic Faith.
 STEP 2: PERIOD OF CATECHUMENATE
 
  • Begins with the Rite of Acceptance or the Rite of Welcoming depending on whether you are Baptized or not.
  • A time of studying the teachings and practices of the Catholic faith.
  • Sponsors accompany the participants to the weekly meetings.
  • Ends when a participant discerns that God is calling them to receive the Sacraments of Initiation. 
 STEP 3: PERIOD OF PURIFICATION AND ENLIGHTENMENT
 
  • Begins with the celebration of the Rite of Election.
  • Catechumens are now enrolled as members of the Elect.
  • Time of intense preparation during Lent to receive the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. 
 STEP 4: PERIOD OF MYSTAGOGIA
 
  • Begins after the reception of the Easter Sacraments.
  • Time to reflect on the commitment made to God, the Church, and the faith community
  • Time of finding a place in the community and getting involved.
Does RCIA sound like it’s for YOU?
 
If so, then please contact the ARE, Cindy Light or Church Office to learn how you can enter into the RCIA.
RCIA sessions are held weekly September to March in the Parish hall,  Monday's at   5:30 PM.
 

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which people become members of the Roman Catholic Church. 

Participation in RCIA is much more than going to Class in Catholicism.

It’s undergoing a conversion to a new way of life in Christ.  A Faith journey process designed for

 

·      Those who have never been baptized.

·      Those baptized in another Christian faith tradition who may be interested in joining the Catholic Church.

·      Catholics who were baptized but never confirmed and received the Eucharist.

·      Anyone who just wants to learn more about the Catholic faith.  Maybe your children are being raise as Catholics and you want to better understand the faith tradition they are learning or maybe you’ve attended Church with a Catholic Friend and would like to know more.

·      No matter where each one of us is in our faith journey, all are welcome!

 
 

Materials:   You will be provided with a Bible, United States Catholic Catechism for Adults,

a Rosary and handouts.

 

Attendance: Given our short schedule for the year, we ask that you try your best to make every session

 

Absences:   If you are unable to attend one of the sessions,

                     Please contact our Parish Office;  812-752-3693

                    Or call Cindy Light at  812-595-3673
 

Prayer:       Is an essential part of our faith journey as we seek to learn more about and develop

                   our relationship with God.   We will join in prayer together each week at RCIA. 

                   We also encourage everyone to find time each day to devote to prayer.

 

Worship:   Please begin or continue to worship with us at American Martyrs Church.

Becoming familiar with the Mass will help you to grow in your relationship with God.

 

Baptismal Certificates:    

                      For those of you who are baptized and plan on continuing with the

                      RCIA process, please bring a copy of you baptismal certificate.

 

Sponsors:  Part of our faith journey is having companions along the way.

                     Most inquirers do not have a sponsor in mind, however if you have someone in mind,

                     Please let us know.  We ask that sponsors are fully initiated Catholics.