What is RCIA?

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

If you are curious about the Catholic Faith, we have the answers!  The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is an opportunity to learn about the Catholic Faith and if you wish, to become fully initiated through the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil mass.  But first and foremost, RCIA is a spiritual journey … individual to you … but experienced within a close community of friends, a chance to journey and grow with our Lord and His Word. 

Who is called to RCIA?  Everyone! 

  • If you are unbaptized, or baptized into another Christian faith, RCIA provides an opportunity to learn about our Catholic faith and if you wish, to become a fully initiated member of our Church.
  • If you are a baptized Catholic, but were never able to complete the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation, RCIA opens the door for you to experience the grace and strength that these Sacraments can bring into your life.
  • If you are a fully initiated Catholic, but would like to learn about our Catholic Faith from the perspective of an adult, or if you would like to be a faith companion to a non-Catholic exploring our Catholic Faith, RCIA provides you with the opportunity to learn and grow.

Finally, RCIA is an opportunity to grow spiritually within a close community of friends, some of whom may become life-long friends.  Work together helping one another and our community and experience the joy of membership in a practicing Christian community.

When do we meet?

Join us Thursday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:00pm in the Parish Center (directly across from the Church), starting the first Thursday in September and continuing to the Feast of Pentecost.  We will open the meeting with prayer, hear a short lecture and/or watch a short video, and then spend time together exploring our faith in small groups.  Refreshments are provided and there is an opportunity every week to break bread together. 

You have been called by the Holy Spirit … Will you answer Yes?

Email us at rcia@smmcc.org or call 864-288-4884.

 

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, is a communal process for formal initiation of new members into the Catholic Church. This process is a return to the formation of the earliest members of the Church in the first and second centuries.

 

RCIA is a Journey


 

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