Welcome to Immaculate Heart of Mary
"They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers." (Acts, 2:42)
All of us are on a spiritual journey; all are at different mileposts on that journey. Since the very earliest days of the Catholic Church, there has been a process of accepting men, women, children, and entire families into the Church. This process, which we today call the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults/Children (RCIA/RCIC), follows the mission commanded by Jesus Christ: "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28)
Sessions begin August 27, 7 PM
What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the way people are initiated into the Christian way of life, specifically in the Roman Catholic tradition. It is a journey of discovery, where participants come to know Jesus Christ. It is a process of awakening to what it means to be a Catholic Christian. It is an opportunity to explore the Catholic faith. It is a period of discernment to help each individual freely decide if the Catholic Church can be the place to call home. The RCIA is a focused experience of the ever-deepening journey into the life of faith, which is the task of a lifetime.
Who is RCIA for?
RCIA is for adults who have never been baptized, those who have been baptized in another Christian denomination, and even those baptized as a Catholic who were unable to continuing learning about the faith.
What about a child or teenager?
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) is the program of faith journey designed for children, ages 7 through 8th grade. Children participate in the Parish Religious Education Program September through January, when RCIC begins. High school students participate with the adult program.
So, what do we do on this journey?
We pray, learn about prayer and how to pray. We enter into a journey of discovery into the sacramental and prayer life of the Church, most especially the Mass. We learn about Scripture; in fact, the Bible is our primary “text book”. We learn how to “be” Catholic as we discover the moral and prayer life of the Church. We develop relationships, within our group, but also within the parish and the community.
How much does the program costs?
Nothing. All expenses are provided by the parish.
Who do I call for more information or to get started?
Contact Deacon Greg, ext. 223.