PLEASE NOTE: The 2020-2021 Calendar will remain a changeable draft due to the nature of the pandemic.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) process is for adults who are interested in becoming Catholic, or for adult Catholics who missed the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation, or any adult who wishes to learn more.
Not sure if the Catholic Church is the right place for you? Check out this video from the Augustine Institute.
Contact Sarah at 801-485-9324 ext. 211 or email@example.com for more information regarding RCIA.
RCIA is an ongoing process. The journey begins when you are ready.
There are four "periods" of formation:
Pre-catechumenate: Just Looking
Also known as the inquiry period, 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. The final decision won’t come for a long time, when you actually enter the Church at Easter and receive the sacraments of initiation.
Catechumenate: Learning about the Faith
In the catechumenate, your faith has begun to develop. Now you need to learn and grow more.
You focus is on catechesis in this stage: learning about the faith, how to live as a Christian, and developing your interior life.
Your job now is to come into closer contact with the Living God and learn more about the Catholic Faith.
Purification and Preparation: Getting ready for rebirth!
This period of purification and enlightenment is the final stage before receiving the Easter sacraments of initiation into the Church: baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist. (Those already baptized with a valid baptism in another Christian church aren’t baptized again.)
This stage of intense reflection calls you to deeper conversion in preparation for your renewal at Easter. This is what the season of Lent is for, but it has a special intensity for you this year as you’re entering the Church and receiving the sacraments of initiation.
The Church uses three profound and beautiful passages from the Gospel of John to focus this preparation effort.
Post-Baptismal Catechesis: Reflecting on the mysteries of the Mass
Also known as Mystagogy, occurring after receiving the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil, this stage of instruction during the Easter season is for continued reflection on the sacraments you have received, especially the Eucharist.
Specific catechesis on the Mass, the Sacraments, and especially the Eucharist are the focus of this stage.
The Mass and the Eucharist are the “source and summit” of the Christian life in the Catholic Church, and this period is designed to help you understand, appreciate, and live more deeply this center of Catholicism.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming Catholic or finding out more about the Catholic faith, please contact Sarah Maland at 801-485-9324 ext. 211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to download the current version of the 2020-2021 RCIA Calendar.
4/1 - Paschal Triduum - Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Optional, but attendance recommended) at 7:00 PM - livestreamed here.
4/2 - Paschal Triduum - Good Friday - Solemn Stations of the Cross (Optional, but attendance recommended) at 3:00 PM - livestreamed here.
(NOTE: If you cannot come to Stations in-person or via the livestream, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you pray the stations independently at some point on Good Friday. You can find the Stations of the Cross video I put together last year when we weren’t able to gather in-person here.)
4/2 - Paschal Triduum - Good Friday - Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (Optional, but attendance recommended) at 7:00 PM - livestreamed here.
4/3 - Paschal Triduum - Holy Saturday - RCIA Holy Saturday Retreat in the Cosgriff Garden - Meet in the St. Ambrose parking lot at 9:45 AM
4/3 - Paschal Triduum - Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil - Meet in Gosselin Hall at 8:15 PM
(Note: The Vigil will be livestreamed for any of your family or friends who cannot attend in person here.)
4/4 - Paschal Triduum - Easter Sunday - Masses at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM (Optional - Congratulations Neophytes!)
4/6 - NO RCIA
4/10 - Scripture Reflection? TBD
4/11 - Scripture Reflection? TBD
4/13 - Mystagogy 1 - The Mass Revisited at 7:00 PM
4/17 - Scripture Reflection? TBD
4/18 - Scripture Reflection? TBD
4/20 - Mystagogy 2 - Prayer: Divine Mercy and Sacred Heart devotions at 7:00 PM
4/24 - Scripture Reflection? TBD
4/25 - Scripture Reflection? TBD
4/27 - Mystagogy 3 - Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours (The Divine Office) at 7:00 PM
*All sessions are streamed on Skype unless otherwise noted. Recordings of Tuesday night sessions are available in the Skype chat channel for 30 days following the session.