Baptism of Adults
- The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the customary way that people become members of the Roman Catholic faith.
- The process involves weekly meetings during which various aspects of the Catholic Faith are presented. There is opportunity for questions and discussions.
- Participants also attend Sunday Mass and are dismissed after the homily to discuss the way that the Scriptures impact their lives.
- The participants celebrate several liturgies during the Rite which mark their progress on the journey of faith.
- The Candidates participate in two interviews with the pastor and the Director of the RCIA.
- A sponsor accompanies the participant and introduces him/her to members of the parish community, invites him/her to various activities, and participates in the various liturgical celebrations.
- The goal of the RCIA is conversion to Jesus Christ and to belief in the Catholic faith and way of life. Timing depends on the readiness of the participant.
- The ordinary time for entry into the Church is the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday), The candidates are baptized, confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time. Candidates baptized in other Christian Traditions make a Profession of Faith in the Catholic Church, are confirmed and receive the Eucharist.
- Exceptions to these guidelines are at the discretion of the Pastor.