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. RCIA is for persons in need of Baptism, persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic and persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and Confirmation. 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.
The initial inquiry period at Holy Family begins in September. The first phase of the journey of initiation is a time for seekers to hear the mystery of Christ proclaimed. The inquirers consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts.
If you or someone you know would like further information please contact Barbie Byrne, Pastoral Associate, at (330)688-6412 x 272 or via email at [email protected].
You may already know that the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which adults enter the Catholic Church and receive the sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. But did you know that this process is not just for Adults?
It is also the process through which children who have reached the use of reason and are of catechetical age (7 years old and older) become Catholic. After a period of learning and spiritual growth, children become members of the Church at the Easter Vigil, receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. In addition, children ages 7 and older who have been baptized in another faith tradition (e.g. Lutheran, etc.) are also included in the RCIA for children process, making a Profession of Faith and receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
Therefore, if you child is age 7 or older and has not been baptized, or was baptized in another faith and you would like him/her to become a member of the Catholic Church, please contact Barbie Byrne for information about the RCIA for Children. If your child is younger than age 7, contact Barbie to arrange for Baptism or Profession of Faith.
Barbie Byrne, Pastoral Associate, (330)688-6412 x 272 or via email at [email protected].