“See where you are baptized, see where Baptism comes from, if not from the cross of Christ, from his death. There is the whole mystery: he died for you. In him you are redeemed, in him you are saved. “ St. Ambrose
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
On the topic of Christian Initiation the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
1229 From the time of the apostles, becoming a Christian has been accomplished by a journey and initiation in several stages. This journey can be covered rapidly or slowly, but certain essential elements will always have to be present: proclamation of the Word, acceptance of the Gospel entailing conversion, profession of faith, Baptism itself, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and admission to Eucharistic communion.
1233 Today in all the rites, Latin and Eastern, the Christian initiation of adults begins with their entry into the catechumenate and reaches its culmination in a single celebration of the three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.
Who is RCIA for?
- Adults in need of Baptism
- Persons baptized in another Christian church
- Adults baptized Catholic who never received the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process is especially designed for individuals who are interested in learning about the Catholic faith and have an interest in joining the Catholic Church. It is also for adults who were baptized in the Catholic faith but never continued their religious instruction or received other sacraments. Instructional sessions usually begin in September and conclude shortly after Easter Vigil.
St. Mary Magdalen Parish RCIA Program
St. Mary Magdalen’s RCIA program consists of priests giving various teaching presentations on the doctrinal elements of Catholic life. In addition, lay members of the Church community will facilitate discussions on prayer, Catholic practices, and day-to-day life as a Catholic. Call the parish office if you or someone you know wishes to become Catholic.
Click here for a printable schedule. RCIA Program Calendar 2011-2012
Other Educational Enrichment Opportunities
Lay Carmelite Community
The Lay Carmelite Community strives to live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience by being committed to:
- seeking the face of the living God (prayer)
- through fraternity (community), and
- through service in the midst of the people (ministry)
This organization studies and imitates the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the model of discipleship in order to better follow her Son.