So, you're developing your faith. Great! Is it a little overwhelming? You may be asking yourself: Where do I start? Why are there so many stages of initiation? What should I be doing in each stage? How will I know when I'm ready to move forward? The process of joining the Roman Catholic Church is known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Each year, adults seeking to join the Roman Catholic Church receive weekly support, encouragement, and assistance from the RCIA team as well as from parish companions, Sunday catechists, and guest speakers. The entire process can take up to two years.
The RCIA process has four distinct stages:
Stage 1 - Just Looking - Inquiry Stage In the inquiry stage, you're just finding out about Jesus, Christianity, and the Catholic Church. Your main task here is to explore and develop your faith enough so you can make an informed initial decision about entering the Catholic Church.
Stage 2 - Learning about the Faith - Catechesis In this stage, your faith has begun to develop. Now you need to learn and grow more. Those who decide to enter the Church and are being trained for a life in Christ are called catechumens, an ancient name from the early Church. In this stage you, are learning the basic points about Catholic faith and life. You are developing your interior life.
Stage 3 - Getting Ready for Rebirth - Purification and Enlightenment The period of purification and enlightenment is the final stage before receiving the Easter sacraments of initiation into the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. This stage of intense reflection calls you to a deeper conversion in preparation for your renewal at Easter.
Stage 4 - Reflecting on the Mysteries of the Mass - Mystagogy This stage of mystagogy during Easter is for continued reflection of the sacraments you have received at Easter, especially at the Eucharist. This period is designed to help you understand, appreciate, and live more deeply in this centre of Catholicism.
If you're ready to start your journey to becoming a Catholic, or still have questions, we will walk with you along this path of faith. In 2020, the program will be hosted by St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
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