The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established by the Catholic Church after Vatican II to help non-Catholics who are interested in living their lives on earth as Catholic Christians. RCIA is an organized system of catechetical instruction presented by priests and laity of the parish.
The RCIA program at Blessed Sacrament Parish combines weekly catechetical instruction, discernment, and the celebration of the Rites. Starting in September, the parish priests and RCIA team members offer scriptural reflection, instruction, and discussion. Each inquirer is matched with a member of the parish who acts as a sponsor. The separate Rites are celebrated on scheduled Sundays during the 9:00am Mass at our parish or at the Cathedral.
For those who are led by the Holy Spirit to join the Church, the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist) are celebrated at the Easter Vigil Mass (April 15, 2017).
RCIA gives members of Blessed Sacrament Parish a personal opportunity to evangelize as sponsors or as catechetical team members. For those who want information about the teachings of the Catholic Church, or who want to join the Church, RCIA offers a varied program of education, scriptural reflection, prayer, discernment, and community.
Mystagogy - New Catholic Formation
The continuing formation for new Catholics who are baptized/received into the Church during the celebration of the Easter Vigil is called “Mystagogy” which translates to “the study of the Mysteries.” This formation program continues to meet once each month (the second Sunday of the month) for two years following the Rites of Initiation in order to continue the companionship and encouragement during the next part of the new Catholic’s faith journey. All new Catholics from the past two years are invited, regardless of parish where they entered the Church.