The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults—RCIA—is a program designed to help non-Catholics and non-practicing Catholics learn more about Catholicism. RCIA is a mix of praying, learning, and living the faith. In the spirit of Pope Francis, who invites all Christians “to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ” (The Joy of the Gospel), our program takes an experiential approach to learning the faith. This approach incorporates, along with classroom learning and participation in liturgical ceremonies, parish talks by dynamic Catholic speakers as part of our Faith On Fire series, group visits to devotional sites, such as St. Anthony Chapel, opportunities for charitable outreach at the Jubilee Soup Kitchen, and occasional impromptu faith discussions at a local coffee shop. All of these experiences help participants to build and grow a deeper relationship with God.
Sessions are held on Monday evenings, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., starting in the fall and culminating at the Easter Vigil Mass. These sessions are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. If you are unsure whether you want to become Catholic, you are still welcome to come join us for class as you make your decision.
St. Alphonsus’ RCIA program is open to people from any religious background. Some participants have been baptized in another Christian tradition and some have not. Some have been practicing members of a faith community and some have had little or no religious instruction or support. Some are already Catholic, but are seeking a greater understanding of our faith.
The equivalent program for children, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children—RCIC—is available for children over 7 years of age, who are unbaptized or have not received Holy Communion.
Information: Louis Bosco, director of religious education