What is R.C.I.A.?

The R.C.I.A./R.C.I.C. is a journey in faith taken by those who believe themselves called by the Lord to the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation and Eucharist) and to life in the Roman Catholic community. Typically taking about a year, the journey involves meeting together to reflect upon the Word of God each Sunday, and finding one evening per week to deepen knowledge of the faith. By journeying with those who are in the R.C.I.A./R.C.I.C. many of us “cradle” Catholics find a wonderful opportunity to deepen our own relationship with the Lord and His people. Sponsors meet with the candidate’s one on one, journeying with them, supporting them and offering whatever help they can. Catechists are people who are not necessarily learned in theology or Scripture, but are people who are willing to tell others about their own experiences of following the Lord. Hospitality people are always on hand to help to make the experience a warm, relaxing and friendly one. They usually sit in on the sessions and enjoy “what falls from the table.” 

R.C.I.A. involves four periods that focus on faith development of the individual:

PRE-CATECHUMENATE OR INQUIRY PERIOD 

  • A time to “Come and See” (John 1:39) 
  • A time to ask “Why do Catholics…..
  • A time to become comfortable with the group 
  • A time to discern what one is called to do 

CATECHUMENATE PERIOD 

  • A time to listen to and hear God’s Word 
  • A time to learn about Catholic tradition 
  • A time of prayer 
  • A time to discover how Catholic Christians are called to live their faith

 PERIOD OF PURIFICATION AND ENLIGHTENMENT 

  • A time of prayer 
  • A time to acknowledge what needs to change in one’s life 
  • A time of spiritual and personal growth 
  • A time of preparation for the initiation into the Catholic faith at the Easter Vigil 

PERIOD OF MYSTAGOGIA 

  • A time to reflect on our “Easter Experience” 
  • A time to deepen our understanding of the mysteries of faith 
  • A time to savor the sacramental life that we now share with our brothers and sisters in faith 
  • A time to discern which ministry one is being called to be in order to be a full and active member of St. John the Evangelist’s Faith Community 

How long does this journey or process take? 

At St. John the Evangelist parish, the RCIA process begins in September. The length of the journey depends solely on the individual. Adults are initiated into our Faith Community at the Easter Vigil each year. 

Who participates in this process? 

All are welcome! 
Those seeking to learn about God, Jesus and His Church and those searching for meaning in their lives are accompanied by members of St. John the Evangelist parish on this journey. These members share their faith as catechists, sponsors, hospitality persons. They offer support by sharing the journey. Spouses, fiancées, other family members and friends are welcome to participate.  

When and where do we meet? 

Most gatherings are held at St. John the Evangelist Parish Church on Tuesday evening’s beginning in September. 
No gatherings on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The formal gatherings end in June. Regular attendance ensures a full and integrated faith formation. 

What can I do to join? 

For more information, please call the Parish Office at 780-452-3988. 

 


 

CIC - RCIA Adapted for Children is a process designed for unbaptized children and youth between 6 and 16 years of age. Parents and sponsors journey along with the children during the time of formation in preparation for initiation into the Catholic Faith through Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. 

We also include in this group those children who were baptized in another Christian tradition and who are asking to become full members of the Catholic Church. They make a Profession of Faith in the Catholic Church before being admitted to the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.