If you’d like to know more about Spiritual Growth, please contact Jodie Rubenzer in the Parish office.
R.C.I.A = Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
RCIA or OCIA? Rite or Order?
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) as it is currently known is the way in which adults become full, active, and participating members of the Catholic Church. It’s not just a six- or nine-month program of learning about the church, but it is a way for those seeking to enter more fully into the heart of God, relationship with Jesus, and the life and faith of a spirit – led community. Many people seeking to join the Catholic Church have already been baptized in another Christian Church. You will not be re - baptized.
OCIA (Order of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the new name and is meant to invite candidates and catechumens into continuous process of spiritual formation. As we move to “order” we strive to prepare the candidate and catechumen for an ongoing faith journey that will continue throughout their lives.
Most people seeking to enter the Church culminate their journey at the Easter Vigil, however those seeking could be baptized or welcomed into the Church at any point in the year.