Adult Education (RCIA)

Are You Thinking about Being a Roman Catholic?
A Walk Through the RCIA Process

What is RCIA? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation— Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church. 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 suitable to bring about a thorough catechesis, significant experience of the parish community, and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of the Catholic faithful. The RCIA process is a restoration of the ancient catechumenate, arising within the first three centuries following the era of the apostles. It was the early Church’s way of Christianizing the pagan Roman Empire. The Second Vatican Council called for the restoration and use of this venerable and powerful method of initiation for the worldwide Church.

How does our parish attract inquirers each year who consider becoming Catholic? The short answer is you! When any parish has many inquirers year after year, it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit as parish members open their hearts to welcome others. Members of a welcoming and evangelizing community take seriously their call to share the Divine message of salvation. It happens in parish families, in the workplace, in gatherings with friends and neighbors, and in daily contacts. Give thanks to God as he continuously strengthens each of us who seek to do his will in offering a gentle, humble, and clear welcome to the Catholic faith. Go out into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)

Do you know someone who is interested in the Catholic faith? Saint Margaret of Cortona will soon begin a new journey in faith to share the richness of the Catholic Church and our parish family. We invite you to learn what the Church teaches, and be introduced to some of our parish members. These gatherings are for inquirers and are open to people who are unbaptized, as well as those who are baptized Christians from Protestant or Evangelical backgrounds. In addition are those who were baptized in the Catholic faith, but did not complete the initiation sacraments. This first session is September 18, 2017 and ends two weeks after Easter. The class is located in the lower level of the rectory. The entrance door is located next to the rectory garage. Unless pre-arranged, all classes are held on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. There is no cost. All material will be provided. Please give the parish secretary, Barbara Maiberger, a call, 614-279-1690, and give her your name, phone number and E-mail address. The rest will be arranged for you.

RCIA


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St Margaret,
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St Margaret,
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St Margaret,
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St Margaret,
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