The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
What do I need to do to become a Catholic?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which new members are welcomed into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
Here at St. Aloysius, we invite anyone interested in becoming catholic to join us for Inquiry Sessions on Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 pm in the parish administration building.
These sessions are open to un-baptized and baptized Christians from other faiths, as well as those individuals baptized Catholic but not receiving other sacraments.
Please contact Mark Christian by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 225-343-6657.
How can parishioners help?
The process by which we bring people into the church is “ a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful., ” (paragraph 4, RCIA) and is “… the responsibility of all the baptized.” (paragraph 9, RCIA). The RCIA process was always meant to be the work of the whole parish. As people move from Inquirers to Candidates for Full Communion, there are several opportunities for members of the parish to get involved.
Be a Sponsor. RCIA requires each catechumen (un-baptized) and candidate (baptized Christian) to be accompanied by a Sponsor: a member of the congregation who will walk with them on their faith journey, attend sessions on Sunday for one hour after mass. That period time maybe only a few months, in the case of baptized candidates, or, it may mean a longer period of time that ends with the Easter Season. Because we have RCIA Inquiry Sessions all year long, we are always eager to have sponsors any time of the year.
Be a Discussion Leader. At the 9:00 AM mass, Catechumens and Candidates leave mass after the homily to study the scripture readings for the day. Discussion leaders, “catechists”, usually continue the discussion after mass when sponsors join the group, to discuss the catholic doctrine for the day and its application to daily life. Each catechist is responsible to attend 2 sessions on consecutive Sundays to observe and then to lead the group. With many catechists on a rotating schedule, leaders are on the schedule every two to three months.
Be a Hospitality Minister. Hospitality ministers set up coffee, lemonade, or other drinks and provide cookies for the sessions on Sunday mornings. The time commitment varies depending on the number of people involved.
The time commitment can be as little or as much as you can give to people who knock on our door and ask to become one of us. Should you want to get involved, please contact Mark Christian @ email@example.com or call 225-343-6657.