What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is designed for adults who after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God's help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments.
Can I come just to ask questions, without making any commitments?
Certainly. The period of inquiry (Precatechumenate) is designed specifically for asking lots of questions, learning, and exploring the Catholic Faith without any obligation to continue. Inquirers meet in parishioner’s homes or at church on a regular basis for discussion and sharing about Catholic Christianity. New inquiry groups begin periodically throughout the year.
What if I decide I want to become a Catholic?
If during this period of inquiry, you feel that God is calling you to the Catholic Church, you will be welcomed into the Catechumenate, through the Rite of Acceptance. The Rite of Acceptance is celebrated in November. Once one joins the catechumenate, that person is a member of the Church, although not a fully initiated member. During the Catechumenate, catechumens (unbaptized) and candidates (baptized) celebrate the liturgy of the word each Sunday, study the Catholic Faith, and are formed spiritually through various liturgical rites.
What about attendance?
Attendance is required at weekly 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass with Breaking Open the Word sessions at 9:30, and also on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. for sessions on the doctrines of the Church.
What if I am civilly married, divorced and remarried, or just divorced?
If you were civilly married, the Church will bless your marriage. This is known as convalidation. If you were divorced and are now remarried, the church will require an annulment.
If you are divorced but not remarried, no annulment is required unless you later choose to marry.
An appointment with the Pastor is necessary for the annulment process.
Who helps me through RCIA?
Our RCIA is composed of a large number of parishioners who serve as teachers, coordinators, sponsors, prayer sponsors, and provide hospitality. Sponsors share this journey of faith with you and help you to become an active and vital part of our Catholic family. A suitable sponsor will attend sessions and retreats with you and help you to become a part of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.
Is there a fee?
There is no charge for becoming a member of the Catholic Church.
How do I start?
If you are unbaptized or a baptized Christian of another faith, and interested in learning more about the Catholic Church please contact the parish office at 316-721-1686.