Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The Right of Christian Initiation of Adults

The United States Bishops have stated that the RCIA is “renewing the life of the Church in the United States” and that it must continue to be a priority in our parishes.

Why is it a priority? This is a priority precisely because it does (or at least it can) renew parish life. The RCIA is a journey of conversion for the person participating in the initiation process, and by extension, it can be a journey of conversion for the whole parish! The people who come to our parish doors saying, “I want to be Catholic,” are indeed “seeking” something. What they really seek is GOD. The parish then should open its arms to invite them into this process whereby they develop, deepen and enrich their relationship with this loving God.

Discipleship and Mission:

RCIA is the Church’s way of forming new disciples of Jesus Christ. Through a gradual, complete and comprehensive training in the Christian way of life, the unbaptized come to know Jesus Christ through the Catholic Christian community and they learn to live as Jesus’ disciples.

Participating in the RCIA is more than going to classes on Catholicism. It’s undergoing a conversion to a new way of life in Christ. Although doctrinal instruction is a part of the formation process, the formation of disciples is more like an apprenticeship. The “apprentices” learn the Catholic Christian way of life from being in the midst of the parish community. The entire community helps the apprentice in the Christian way of life. Here in lies, the answer to the question “What’s the RCIA got to do with me, an ordinary parishioner at Resurrection Church?”

The Parishioner’s Role in RCIA: 

The entire Christian community is responsible for the initiation of its newest disciples. Some ways are:

A Mentoring communityEvery baptized parishioner has a role in the initiation of our new members. By observing our prayer, words, deeds, and actions in the parish and in the broader community our newest members learn what it means to live as a Catholic Christian today. We provide examples. We are the models.

As SponsorsBaptized members of the community serve as sponsors for candidates in the RCIA. A sponsor is an active member of the parish who walks with the candidate on the journey to a new and fuller life in Christ. The sponsor is the candidate’s personal connection to the parish.

As catechists, coordinators, and assistantsMembers of the community also serve as catechists [teachers] for the process of initiation. Other members of the community serve as coordinators and assistants in various aspects of the initiation process.

As members of the Sunday assemblyThere is one final way that every worshiping parishioner is involved in the RCIA. That’s through participation in the liturgical rites of initiation that usually take place at our weekend liturgies. There are major liturgical rituals that mark the progress of the candidates. These liturgical rites are major events not only for the candidates but also for our entire parish. During these rites, our parish recognizes and celebrates the candidates. You, and we are signs of Christ to the candidates in the RCIA.

Meetings are held on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in the Parish for those who wish to learn more about the Catholic Faith. If you are thinking about becoming Catholic or would like to be a sponsor, interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or know of someone who is, please contact Dorothy Imperial at (850) 837-0357.

2020 RCIA Schedule

Save the date

  • RCIA Adult Baptism and Final Catholic Initiation for all RCIA candidates: Saturday, April 12th at the Easter Vigil: 7:00 pm.

COVID-19 UPDATE– as of 7/1/2020

(This communication will be updated as changes occur)

 

 

Happy 4th of July!  Please note the following Mass Schedule for this 4th of July weekend.  We know it will be busy and we know everyone is trying to stay safe. So, for this weekend, we are going to change the Sunday Mass time back to 9:15 AM and have the “Drive-through” Communion at 11:00 AM on Sunday.  Sorry for the late change, but we are trying to be as responsive as we can to the changing situation. The full Mass Schedule is as follows:

 

·  Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 PM in the Parish Hall.  Streamed on our website and open for attendance.  Capacity is limited to 100.  You are welcome to bring lawn chairs and sit outside.  We have outside speakers and will distribute Communion.

·   Sunday Mass - 9:15 AM in the Church.  It is open for attendance, but capacity is limited to 175.

·  Sunday “Drive-through” Communion - 11:00 AM in the west parking lot of the Church.

·  Daily Mass - Monday through Friday - 9:15 AM in the Parish Hall.  Streamed on our website and open for attendance. Capacity is limited.

 

If attending any of the Masses, please wear a mask and practice social distancing!

 

Dispensation for the Sunday Obligation continues to be in place. If you are sick, vulnerable, care for someone who is vulnerable, or are worried about the risks, you should continue to stay home, participating in Mass through streaming services.

 

Guidelines will continue to be updated as time progresses, allowing us to adjust to the particular needs of our Parish.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this uncertain time.  We want to welcome you all back while balancing it with our concern and respect for your safety.

 

Good Bless.

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