Online Adult Faith Formation
Topic of the Month is a service provided to Incarnation Parish for continuing education in the Catholic faith. An email is sent out to the subscriber on a monthly basis containing an article to read and questions for reflection. The subscriber can read this article at their leisure and can ask questions via email. At the end of the month the subscriber can also join a discussion group held at the parish to talk about the article and the questions for reflection.
How Do I Subscribe?
Subscribing is easy. Send an email containing your name, phone number, and email address to email@example.com. An acknowledgment email will be sent out to let you know you are signed up. Articles and questions will be sent to your email address around the 1st Sunday of the month. If you don’t have email, the articles and questions will be made available on the counter in the parish vestibule. Pay attention the to Parish Bulletin for annoucements concerning Religious Ed On Line Program.
Becoming Catholic – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops describes the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults as a process in which participants “undergo…conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments…The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism.”
The RCIA process is available for those who are:
- Adult, unbaptized, who wants to become a Catholic,
- Adult, baptized non-Catholic, who wants to become a Catholic,
- Adult, baptized Catholic, who wants to receive First Communion and Confirmation.
The RCIA program prepares adult Inquirers/Catechumens and Candidates/Neophytes to receive the Sacraments of the Church through religious education and faith sharing. RCIA is a two-year process, which culminates with:
- Baptism/Profession of Faith
- First Eucharist at the Easter Vigil
It continues with monthly support of new members.
RCIA meets on Sunday Morning during the 10:30 AM Mass, beginning with Dismissal and followed by an hour discussion in the Parish Center. If you have not yet received these Sacraments and would like more information please contact the Parish Office at 818-242-2579 or feel free to contact Deacon Dominic Pontrelli at 818-627-5595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCIA is a Journey
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process that proceeds over months or possibly years. It has several steps:
This is the earliest phase in the process; it is also known as the Period of Inquiry. Catechumens and Candidates acknowledge that Christ is calling them into the Church through the movement of the Holy Spirit. This is a time for seeking and reflection.
Rite of Initiation
The first Rite in the RCIA process, the Rite of Initiation accepts new members into the worshipping community.
The longest part of the process, the Catechumenate is a time of learning and formation in the traditions and doctrine of the Catholic Church. This is a time for sharing stories, reading scripture, and studying the Church customs, traditions and doctrine. Participants also participate in worship services and various Church rituals.
Rite of Election
Catechumens and Candidates are chosen to be received by the bishop and the community and to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter.
Sacraments of Initiation
At the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday), all newly elected members of the community who have been journeying through the RCIA process are welcomed formally into the community of believers through receiving the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
This is a time of reflection and celebration after the formal reception into the Catholic Church. Mystagogia means “leading into the mystery” and it is a time to explore the deep mystery of our faith and go forth to help build the reign of God on Earth as new members of the faithful.