Becoming Catholic / RCIA / Returning Catholics

Summer RCIA/Curious Catholics is now in session.  Join us anytime:

Thursdays

May 25, 2017 The Trinity

June 1, 2017 The Mass

June 8, 2017 Prayer and Spirituality

Week of June 15 No RCIA

June 22, 2017 Sacraments of Baptism, Service & Healing

July 4th Week No RCIA

Wednesdays

June 28, July 12, 19 and 26:  Summer Fixer-upper - see the home page to register

Thursdays

August 3, 2017 Mary and the Saints

August 10, 2017 Last Things/Going Forth

August 17, 2017 Final Session Pot-luck dinner

Who is Inquiry for:  Those interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, those coming back to the Catholic Church after many years, those curious about being baptized, and those from other faith traditions interested in learning more about the Catholic faith.  

We have a year round program that has various start times.  The length of the program depends on where you are on your faith journey.  Some join us for a few months of classes and others continue on the journey for a year or more.  For more information about the different types of RCIA attendies continue to read below.    

Catholic classes for adults seeking to learn more or those wanting to become Catholic

RCIA is a program for adults (or children who are not yet baptized older than 8) to discover what the Catholic Church teaches. The primary focus is developing a relationship with Jesus Christ through worship, community and service. All are welcome to attend; those already active in the Catholic Church but hungry to learn more, Christians who want to know what the church teaches and why, and those who may want to become Catholic through the reception of sacraments.  All interested should contact Karen to meet and see how OLN can best serve your needs.

Contact

Karen Melendez
774-0066, ext. 15
cf@oln-parish.com

For those not yet Baptized there are 4 stages of the journey

  • Inquiry; an informal time for questions and answers about the Catholic faith.
  • The Catechumenate; a time for learning the teachings and truths of the Catholic Church, while deepening your relationship with God, and community.
  • Purification & Enlightenment (during Lent); a period of prayer and deep reflection about your own life as a Christian and to what you are being called.
  • Reception into the Catholic Church at the Easter vigil or another appropriate time in the liturgical year a Catechumen receives the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.  For more information on the sacraments please see click HERE.  After the reception of sacraments follows a period of reflection upon the mysteries of the Mass and the Holy Eucharist (called Mystagogy). The completion of this stage marks the beginning of your life long journey as a follower of Christ in the Catholic Church. 

For those Baptized in another faith tradition or Catholics that have fallen away

  • Inquiry; an informal time for questions and answers about the Catholic faith.
  • The Candidate; a time for learning the teachings and truths of the Catholic Church, while deepening your relationship with God followed by deepening your relationship with the community and learning more about the Catholic faith.

Frequently Asked Questions

At this time I have no intention of joining the Church but I do want to learn more. Is there a place for me in the RCIA process?

Yes, the Inquiry process is for you. These weekly sessions provide you an opportunity to ask your questions and share with others in a relaxed environment. We all learn from one another and from our journey to know God better. I know that I want to join the Catholic Church.

Where do I begin?

This depends on you and where you are on your faith journey. If you are fairly new to Catholicism or have limited experience with the Christian faith, you may still find it helpful to being in the Inquiry group for a time before moving into RCIA. Each person's journey is unique. We will work with you!

I was baptized, but not as a Catholic. I wish to join the Catholic Church. How long will this take?

That depends on a variety of things. If you come to the Catholic faith community with a full experience of living the Christian life within the context of your previous faith community, you may be invited to study and understand the differences between Protestantism and Catholicism as well as obtain a clear understanding of the Catholic Sacraments. This may be sufficient preparation which builds upon your previous adult faith formation. On the other hand, if you come to join the Catholic Church with limited faith experience or knowledge, you will be better served with a fuller and more extensive experience within the RCIA process.

I was baptized as a Catholic but never received my first Eucharist nor been confirmed. Where do I fit in?

You are invited to join the RCIA group and walk with us as long as necessary to help you prepare for the sacraments.

I was baptized as a Catholic and received my first Eucharist. I was never confirmed. Do I jump into the RCIA process too?

Yes, those who are solely preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation will also find the sessions to be an excellent way to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Adult Confirmations occur throughout the year.

I am divorced. Is this an issue as far as the RCIA process is concerned?

Each situation is unique but these are important issue to understand and sort out. You are encouraged to talk with an RCIA Team member or a priest about your unique situation when you first inquire into the RCIA process.

Do I need a sponsor?

If you decide to join the Church or if you are a Catholic who wishes to complete your initiation, you will need a sponsor from the Catholic faith community. Basically a sponsor is a fully initiated Catholic who will serve as a companion, listener, and mentor.

Is there any cost associated with RCIA?

None whatsoever.

So, where do I start?

The best place to start is to contact the RCIA Director, Karen Melendez (see above).  She will schedule an interview with you and from this initiate a plan of action that fits your particular individual needs.