What is the RCIA? Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Are you seeking to explore the Catholic faith? The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which the unbaptized, and baptized Christians of other faith traditions, may explore, discover, and deepen a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and enter into Christian discipleship, lived in and strengthened through the sacraments of the Catholic Church. The RCIA is a ritual process, as opposed to a program, characterized by an awakening or conversion of the heart that leads one to a life of Christian discipleship. The sacraments of initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. These sacraments are the foundations of the Christian life, and through them, we enter into the mystery of Jesus Christ’s saving death and Resurrection.
What does RCIA look like at Saint Brigid Parish?
Our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults community has remained vibrant throughout the pandemic, and adapted to meet virtually every Sunday morning to accompany a growing number of seekers in their faith journey. Now that the COVID situation has eased, we are back to in person meetings on Sundays at the parish. Saint Brigid RCIA sessions meet year-round, so now is always the time to step into this journey of deeper faith and preparation for the sacraments of initiation. Come and see!
RCIA Sessions are meeting weekly (in person) on Sundays, 10-11:30 am. Contact Lee Hulburt to enter this journey anytime.
How does Saint Brigid's RCIA process flow?
The RCIA process at Saint Brigid Parish exists year-round, so we're able to welcome seekers to explore with us whenever they feel called. Our process consists of weekly sessions on Sunday mornings, following the 9 am Mass. It's very much an individual journey, walked with and supported by others in the faith community. Since our process is not tied to a strict timeline, we welcome everyone, whether you are unbaptized, a baptized Christian, or an adult baptized Catholic, to join our community whenever you're ready to take that step forward. While it’s generally true that the road to initiation is shorter for most baptized Christians, the unbaptized person needs a more comprehensive approach to faith, belief, and practice. Because of our community approach, the process for each individual can be personalized. Therefore, the journey simply takes as long as it takes. We welcome all inquiries and look forward to meeting you soon!
Come and see how the RCIA process has touched people's lives!
Saint Brigid RCIA in the News! National Catholic Register April 21, 2022
"When somebody has an answer for every question, it is a sign that they are not on the right road.... God infinitely transcends us; he is full of surprises." Pope Francis, Gaudete et exsultate, #41 (Rejoice and be Glad)
"The catechumenate is not a mere exposition of dogmatic truths and norms of morality, but a period of formation in the whole Christian life, an apprenticeship of sufficient duration, during which the disciples will be joined to Christ their teacher." (Vatican II - Ad Gentes #14)