RCIA Coordinator: Mary Eisenhaure
This is the process by which our parish welcomes unbaptized people of all ages to our Catholic Christian faith. Within this same process people who have been baptized, but are uncatechized, journey with us until they receive the sacraments of initiation – Eucharist and Confirmation – at the Easter Vigil. Children who have attained the age of reason, about the age of seven, are part of this process, including those who were baptized Catholic as infants but who have received no formation in their faith and have gone beyond the usual age for instruction preparatory to Eucharist.
Participants reflect on the readings of the liturgy each Sunday with members of the RCIA team who walk with the participants throughout the process. Special rites and blessings, celebrated with the whole assembly, mark the progress of these participants throughout the year.
While there are RCIA team members, catechists, sponsors, godparents, and family members to support the participants, the parish community, the assembly of the liturgy, is responsible for the initiation. The faith and active participation of the assembly provide the spiritual life central to the growth of those we welcome through the RCIA process.