RCIA

                   

    Are you interested in joining the Catholic faith ?  

    Do you have  questions about what Catholics believe and teach ?

 

                          ~ Welcome to RCIA ~

 

What is RCIA ?

RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is a process of spiritual discernment and formation based on the manner in which the early Christian church welcomed new followers to share in the good news and life of Christ. The RCIA is a journey for adults that is both communal and personal, practical and spiritual, formative and enjoyable. Through the RCIA process, we learn what the Catholic Church teaches and believes. We explore how we as Catholic Christians experience God in our lives and how we celebrate that experience in worship, Holy Scripture, Sacraments, and community. Through this journey, adult inquirers can join the Catholic faith in the Holy Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.

 

To find out more about the RCIA, or to join in this journey ~

Contact :              Deacon Chuck Patterson   - (904) 343-5971   ,   cpatt58@comcast.net     or

                             Katherine Warniment - (904) 743-5100 ,   kwarniment@respar.net

                           Or -   call the parish office at 744-0833

 

Under 18 ?            Contact   Dr. Tom NeSmith, Coordinator of Religious Education at 744-0833

  

 Questions and Answers about RCIA 

  • What if I’m not at all sure I want to become a Catholic Christian ?  
    • The RCIA journey is an opportunity for spiritual discernment and formation for anyone with interest in the Catholic faith, its beliefs and its practices. It is a free and open opportunity for inquiry, learning and growth with no pressure to change your denominational faith or to become Catholic, although many come to this journey with the intent to receive the Sacraments of the Church. As Catholic Christians, we respect other faiths, their worship and their sincere desire to seek God.
  • What is involved in RCIA ?   
    • We meet on Wednesday evenings, from 6:15- 8:00 PM, in the Marian Building (the old school building at the east end of our campus). There are no fees  required.  Topics, schedules and calendars are provided for all inquirers. Throughout the year, there are several special liturgies and events centered on our worship to celebrate steps along our journey.    Our RCIA faith journey begins in the early fall, celebrates the Sacraments of Initiation at the Holy Vigil of Easter, and culminates for the year at the celebration of Pentecost (50 days after Easter).
  • Who should attend RCIA ?  
    • RCIA is appropriate for any adult who is not Catholic (or who was baptized Catholic and never received First Holy Communion) and who wishes to learn about Catholic worship, beliefs and practices.
  • What if I am under 18 ?     
    • For assistance in choosing which process of Christian Formation is best for you, contact Dr. Tom NeSmith, Coordinator of Religious Education – 744-0833.
  • Is there an RCIA process for children and young adults between the ages of 8 and 18 ?  
    • The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Adapted for Children is an RCIA journey especially for inquirers who have not yet reached the age of 18.   It is appropriate for those who have not been baptized, those baptized in another denominational faith, or those who were baptized Catholic and never received First Holy Communion.
  • What if it’s the middle of the year and RCIA has already been in progress? 
    • Call the Parish Office or contact Deacon Chuck Patterson ( (904)-343-5971 or cpatt58@comcast.net ) and let us help find the best path for your particular circumstances.  
  • What if I am divorced ? I’ve heard this is a problem for the Catholic Church. 
    • If you are currently married, and either you or your spouse has a prior marriage, entering into full communion with the Catholic faith requires that your marital status be sacramentally reconciled. The Catholic faith, unlike Protestant theologies, views marriage as one of the seven sacraments of the Church. Once a sacrament is validly conferred, no human power can dissolve it. For example, once you are baptized in Christ, no one can take your baptism away from you or remove that sacrament. The Church views a first marriage, however performed, as valid unless determined otherwise. What then can be done if a marriage ends civilly in divorce? The Church recognizes that a marriage may be entered into in good faith, with love, and with the best of hope and intention; and yet some essential element necessary to form an indissoluble sacramental bond may be missing. This may not be discernible to the parties involved, and certainly is not an issue of fault or blame; it is simply a fact of the circumstances present at the time of the consent to the marriage. The Catholic Church has a process available to examine the marital consent and determine if one of these missing elements can be identified and the bond determined to be null. This highly confidential process frees the individuals involved to enter into a sacramental union in the Catholic faith. Your parish Priest and Annulment Companion will be happy to assist you in this matter. Contact Katherine Warniment (Resurrection Parish Annulment Companion – 743-5100) or the parish office for further information , and join us in the RCIA journey.       
  • What if I have some other particular concern ?    
    • We welcome your interest in faith and would be happy to provide any information or spiritual assistance needed to address your concerns. Feel free to contact your parish Priest, Father Peter Akin-Otiko (parish office - 744-0833), Deacon Chuck Patterson ( (904)-343-5971 or cpatt58@comcast.net ), Katherine Warniment (904-743-5100 , kwarniment@respar.net ) or your Parish Office (744-0833).