Have you been to Our Lady of Grace for Mass?
Have you been away from the church… and now returned, and want to know more?
Have you been a Catholic all your life, but never celebrated all of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist)?
Have you joined us from a different background and would now like to find out more about the Catholic Church?
If any of the above questions apply to you, we would love to help you in your journey! Or, if you know of anyone who could answer YES to any of the above questions, perhaps you should extend an invitation to them!
For information please contact: Christine Flack 215-757-5530, firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the RCIA?
In simplest terms, the RCIA is a systematic look at the beliefs, practices and “laws” of the Roman Catholic faith. In the RCIA sessions are held to explain the Church’s teachings and practices, such as the celebration of the Sacraments. The RCIA is often likened to a “journey of faith”. Participants of all backgrounds journey together to discover more about the Catholic faith. Think of it as you would a journey to the foreign country – you would see and learn more on a guided tour than if you simply went and wandered on your own.
Who can participate?
The RCIA is ideal for people who are not Catholic and who wish to know more about the Catholic faith. Catholic adults also find participation in the RCIA helpful as a “refresher” in their faith. Also, Catholics who have not been practicing their faith for a period of time find the RCIA useful in facilitating their return to the community of the Church.
Why would I participate in the RCIA?
As the title suggests, the process of the RCIA was created by the early Church to prepare adults for reception (initiation) as full members of the Catholic faith. While that is still one of the purposes that the RCIA fulfils, the intent to join the Church is not required or even expected of participants. People are welcome to come simply to know more, and perhaps feel more comfortable attending Mass with friends, spouses or children who are Catholic.
What do you do at the RCIA?
RCIA sessions are a mix of prayer, faith sharing, scripture reading and discussion, “instruction”, and dialogue. Some sessions include “lessons” covering some aspect of Catholic teaching, belief or practice conducted by either a member of the RCIA Team or someone with appropriate expertise. Other sessions include things like tours of the Church to learn about what everything is and represents. In the faith sharing aspect, people discuss the impact of their faith, whatever that is, on the way they live their lives. In particular, the Catholic companions reflect on the way they try to live in response to the teaching of the Church. Scripture is one of the corner stones of the faith, and so Scripture is part of every session. The Scriptural passages usually follow the Gospel of the Sunday liturgy. Discussion of the passages from Scripture is called “Breaking open the Word” and is intended to help participants find the personal meaning of the Scripture for their lives. Another important aspect of the process is community building, through social and interpersonal time. It is more comfortable on any extended tour if you have a community of people with whom you can enjoy the journey.
Am I committed to anything if I participate?
Absolutely not. The RCIA should be a welcoming journey for you to take away whatever you get from it.
What if I do want to become a Catholic?
Those who decide they want to become full members of the Catholic Church use the RCIA as a preparation period. Along the way several “Rites” are celebrated, milestones to mark significant decision points in the faith journey.
What if I have more questions?
We welcome your questions and are blessed by them. Email email@example.com or by phone: 215-757-5530.