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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)


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RCIA Classes for those who are considering joining the Catholic faith will begin in  September and will be held in the Parish Meeting Room. For more information please contact Marcy Lechner as soon as possible at 785-246-0436.

What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established for the universal Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church. The Rite speaks of conversion as a "spiritual journey." Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church he founded, this journey takes place through distinct stages over a period of time suitable to bring about a thorough catechesis, significant experience of the parish community, and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of the Catholic faithful. The RCIA process is a restoration of the ancient catechumenate, arising within the first three centuries following the era of the apostles. It was the early Church's way of Christianizing the pagan Roman Empire. The Second Vatican Council called for the restoration and use of this venerable and powerful method of initiation for the worldwide Church.

Who is RCIA for?

    1. Persons in need of Baptism.
    2. Persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic.
    3. Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation.

How did a person become Catholic before RCIA?
At most parishes, the person was given individual instruction by the parish priest, or someone delegated by him.

Why the change?
There were a number of limitations to private instruction. The priest was the only member of the Catholic community with whom the inquirer had contact, apart from any supporting family and friends. Private instruction did not ensure that the inquirer had a lived experience of the Catholic faith, or was exposed to authentic Christian charity as lived in a parish community.

Already Catholic but want to learn more about the Catholic Faith?

Consider sponsoring a RCIA candidate or catechumenate it's well worth your time and a great way to renew your own faith and participate in the process of bringing people to Christ in the Catholic Church. Won't you consider giving your valuable time and talent to someone who is making the journey to join our Catholic faith?  Become a sponsor for a catechumenate. RCIA classes begin in September. 

If you are interested in The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)
 Please contact the parish office or Marcy Lechner at 785-246-0436 for more information.

Our Task as Catholics: Know your Catholic faith. Live your Catholic faith. Spread your Catholic faith.

WHETHER or not you are Catholic, you may have questions about the Catholic faith. You may have heard challenges to the Catholic Church's claim to be the interpreter and safeguard of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

I recommend reading the following link Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth

Another good Catholic resource is the next link:

 Frequently Asked Questions about the Church

Come to Know the Truth:

Catechism of the Catholic Church

"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried."
 G.K. Chesterton.

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