Ministries

R.C.I.A. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The R.C.I.A. is a process by which our parish community experiences a renewal of faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Roman Catholic Church. It provides for:

1. The initiation of unbaptized persons into the Catholic Church.

2. The initiation of already baptized persons into the Catholic Church.

3. The participation of already fully-initiated members of the Church.

4. The involvement and spiritual renewal of the total parish community.

"A Spiritual Journey"

The rite speaks of conversion as a "spiritual journey" which takes place through distinct stages over a period of time and through a natural process of growing and maturing in faith.

The stages through which the rite develops are:

a) The Pre-Catechumenate: a period of initial inquiry which precedes the Rite of Enrollment.

b) Catechumenate: a period of guided study, spiritual preparation and a gradual introduction to the faith community, celebrating the Rite of Election and entering into the Period of Enlightenment during the season of Lent. Full initiation occurs at the celebration of the Easter Vigil.

c) Post-Catechumenate or Mystagogia: a period of becoming familiar with ways of being fully involved in the parish community.

For more information

Contact Father Dick Bester 519-271-6722 Ext. 23

or Mary Bannon 519-271-6722 Ext. 29

Contact  Rev. Richard Bester for more information.