What is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A)
It is a process for the welcoming and initiation of adults into the Catholic Church community, either unbaptised or baptised.
In practice, the process results in an enquiry and gradual introduction to the story of Jesus and his followers. This process may lead the enquirer to conversion and faith, baptism and a commitment in faith within the Catholic Church.
What is it about?
R.C.I.A is about a journey, welcoming, belonging and questioning. It is about a community celebrating and about commitment. It is about believing, proclaiming and living the Good News.
- This Rite challenges us to ask: What does it mean to ‘be Church’?
- It is for the renewal of the whole Church.
- It encourages small groups to pray and grow in faith together.
- It helps build community.
- It helps bring about the Kingdom of God here and now.
- It can become the model of all instructions.
- It emphasises that sacraments are celebrations of God’s presence.
- It is concerned with each person’s faith story, which it celebrates.
The R.C.I.A stresses the centrality of the Paschal mystery. It’s focus is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
When does it take place?
The process of conversion is a very personal one and takes as long as the individual needs. For some the process occurs within months while others may take several years.
We try to joyfully celebrate full initiation into our faith communities during the Easter Vigil. Baptised Christians may be received into the Catholic Church during the Easter season or at other significant times during the year.
Who is involved?
Every person in the Bundaberg Catholic Christian Community has a part to play in this process, particularly those who volunteer to support the people seeking to learn about the Catholic Faith, whether they are baptised or not.
A co-ordinator, catechists and sponsors are there to help at each stage of the journey.
Our Christian Community welcomes you to celebrate life with us!
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