Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
In searching for God to be part of their lives in a deeper and more tangible way, people come to RCIA because they hear the teachings of Jesus speak to their most inner longings.
If you have never been baptized,
been baptized in another Christian tradition,
been baptized Catholic and have not received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist,
been attending Mass and desire to join the community at the table of the Lord,
RCIA IS FOR YOU!
Many come because they are preparing for marriage to a Catholic partner and desire a faith to share and gift to their children; some are seeking community; some are drawn to the liturgy and expression of God’s word moving in Scripture; they long to come to the table of the Lord for nourishment of Spirit that carries them through their daily lives.
However they come, they find their lives transformed. They are more patient, kinder, more compassionate and stronger through faith in Jesus and his life of love, mercy, and forgiveness.
Everyone is unique in God’s creation and hear the voice of the Spirit in a most intimate and individual way. RCIA responds to this expression through a community of seekers standing in different places in the river of faith that flows in the same direction.
“Up until starting RCIA…my view on the Catholic church was one of reverence and respect. My faith would best be described as filled with fear and awe. Through the RCIA program…that reverence and respect turned into peace and understanding of sacrifice. My fear and awe bloomed into love and appreciation.”
“It was not necessarily the program that helped me become and grow as a Catholic, but the people involved with St. Paul’s RCIA…I don’t think I would have continued or committed myself with the RCIA process if I did not feel the warmth and understanding of the people involved…It is because of this warmth and love that I am Catholic today and can share my faith with my family. “
“The journey to becoming a Catholic was extremely fulfilling – mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – however, it wasn’t easy. I would have to say though, that it was unquestionably the most important thing I’ve done as an adult…”
Richard G. Stevenson III
“I have been a sponsor on two occasions. I found the experience to be valuable as a way to help someone on their journey to find a richer faith community at St. Paul’s. However, I received as much or more than I gave since I was able to renew my faith because I was given the chance to tell my stories about how I searched and found God’s presence in my life.”
“I entered the RCIA coming from a different faith background. For two years I participated in RCIA meetings before entering the church. This period transformed me and provided me with a spiritual home. It prepared me very effectively for my confirmation into the church. I feel privileged to have been part of it.”
“I initially joined RCIA with the intention of being able to provide a faith-based life and community for my family, including my son. I quickly realized that it was one of the best things in my life I had ever done for myself… I am eternally grateful for the relationships I have made and hold dear to my heart, and most importantly, how RCIA helped me to become fully invested in my faith.”
“I was surprised to find in myself, a well of faith and love for Jesus far greater than I had imagined possible. I had no idea that along with this beautiful new facet to my life comes an entire community. I still have dinner with the friends I met in RCIA, and I’ve yet to attend mass on Sunday without looking around and seeing a smiling, familiar face. RCIA helped me to find my faith, which in turn has had a positive affect on every aspect of my life. I am forever thankful.”
“My journey with RCIA began in 2009 as a catechumen. There was an inner pull to deepen my relationship with God, and the desire to provide a faith path and religious family for my children…My conversion has given meaning in my life…In 2011, I was asked to become a sponsor…Having met with Jaime (Schlenck) after a few times I realized that my conversion is constantly going on. What a gift it was to be able to sponsor her and continue to experience God through this wonderful community.”
“I went through the RCIA process at the beginning of fourth grade and received the Sacraments of Confirmation, Baptism, and Communion on the 2011 Easter Vigil. The RCIA process is an amazing journey with God and the people whom you are experiencing it with. I realized during this time that one of the most important things to me is my relationship with the Lord. I am lucky to have my church community to share this with. RCIA is a great experience and it really helped me develop a strong relationship with God.”
“It is my wish that every person seeking a home in the Catholic Church could have the St. Paul the Apostle’s RCIA experience! From the moment I said “yes” to becoming Catholic, I was taken by the hand and led from one hand to another in RCIA. In those loving hands, I received information, guidance, leadership and community that gave me a sense of belonging and reaffirm my faith that I am to be a part of this spiritual family…”
“As a parish and school family my ties to the St. Paul community have been strong for many years. But there was something missing for me. A desire to be more connected, to be a part of the community myself. I had a desire to move closer to God and continue my baptism and become Catholic… I have grown closer to God, my family and my community through my faith. My life has been deeply enriched by my experience in RCIA.”
“I met the nicest people I have ever encountered in Los Angeles…also now during mass on Sunday mornings. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to participate in the RCIA Program. I feel…that I have been given the opportunity for a new life to become a person that is more conscious of the needs of other people and I want to make a difference in someone else’s life.”
Please call Barbara Murphy, the RCIA Director, to talk about how RCIA can touch your life and the lives of every person you encounter. She can be reached at 424-832-5159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCIA is also adapted for the younger members of our community. If your child is between the ages of 8 and 13 seeking baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist, or confirmation and Eucharist, please contact Irene Holly, our Director of Children’s Religious Education, at 310-689-6212 or email@example.com.