RCIA is a process of becoming fully initiated into the Catholic Christian faith.  RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  “Rite”
because initiation into the Catholic Church happens during Liturgies (Masses) in the context of the parish’s faith community.  Initiation
consists of three Sacraments — Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.  For adults these sacraments are celebrated once a year during
the Easter Vigil, the Saturday before Easter Sunday.
RCIA IS NOT —   a Bible study     a therapy group     a sensitivity training group     a class     an encounter group
  • a process of growing in the Catholic Christian faith, based on theological principles:
    each person is led by God on his/her spiritual journey
    shared reflection on the action of God in one’s own life
    serving our union with Christ and thereby one another
    entire process is seen as prayer — listening to the word of God in Scripture and in each other’s experiences
  • praying together
  • reflecting on Scriptures
  • people gathering to share their faith stories
  • a place to “come and see” if you are interested in becoming part of the faith community at St. Theresa parish
  • growing in our individual relationships with the Lord Jesus; supporting each other in living out the Christian faith as Catholics in today’
    s world, on a daily basis
  • each person moves at their own pace through the process
INQUIRY – A time of introduction to the Gospel and reflection on one’s life in the light of the Gospel.  A person may enter at anytime
during the year.  Transition to the Catechumenate is through the
Rite of Welcome and Acceptance that is celebrated a various times
throughout the year.
CATECHUMENATE – The catechumens (those not yet baptized) and the candidates (those who are already baptized) enter a period of
fuller participation in the community through the study of the Sunday Scripture readings and their message.  Transition to the period of
Purification and Enlightenment is through the rites of
Sending and Election on the 1st Sunday of Lent.
PURIFICATION AND ENLIGHTENMENT – The candidates and catechumens, now termed “The Elect” begin a more intense period leading
up to the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil).  At the Vigil, those who are to be baptized are baptized, those who
come from other Christian churches make a profession of faith, and all three groups are Confirmed and some receive their First Holy
Communion.  From this point, the newly baptized are known as “neophytes”.
MYSTAGOGY – Between Easter and Pentecost, the neophytes examine the meaning of the Rites they have experienced and enter more
deeply into the mystery of the Christian life.
R. C. I. A.
Baptized in a Christian Faith
Baptized Catholic and need to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation
RCIA — Invitation to Journey
When:     Wednesday Evenings
Time:        7:00 to 8:00 pm
Location:     Meeting Room #1
Rite of Acceptance & Welcome
December 4, 2016 - 9:00 AM Mass
Rite of Sending
March 5, 2017 - 11:00 AM Mass
Easter Vigil
April 15, 2016 - 8:00 PM Mass
If you are interested or want more information contact Cathy Brady
    (510) 547-2777, ext. 26     Email    or stop by the Parish Center, Tuesday - Friday
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