How Do I become Catholic?
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Through the Rite of Christian of Adults (RCIA), unbaptized adults, teenagers and children (ages 7 and above) develop, deepen and enrich their relationship with God. The unbaptized come to know Jesus Christ within the Catholic Christian community and they learn to live as Jesus’ disciples. The process is welcoming and sensitive to the spiritual needs and experience of each person and lead by a team of parishioners.
The RCIA is also for those who are baptized in other Christian traditions to prepare for full communion into the Catholic Church through a profession of faith and the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
Baptized adult Catholics who have not yet celebrated their first communion and confirmation prepare for these sacraments through this process.
In the RCIA we meet weekly to share the Word of God, reflect upon God’s call, and be formed in the rituals and teachings of the Church. There are rites that mark each of the stages of the catechumenate which lead those to be initiated (or complete their initiation) to the celebration of the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and communion at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.
The process begins with a personal conversation to determine how we can best guide you on your journey of faith. Please contact Lynda DeManti (408) 629-7777 ext. 105 or email LynDeManti@aol.com
The RCIA Team
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE Diocesan policy requires that couples contact Fr. George (408) 629-7777 Ext. 104 a minimum of six months prior to the intended date of marriage and must complete a Marriage Preparation Program.
SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION: The three Sacraments of Christian Initiation —Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist—initiate us into the life of Jesus and the Christian community by making us members of the Body of Christ, strengthening us to be witnesses to our faith, and nourishing us as food for our ongoing spiritual journey through intimacy with Christ. Baptism. Baptism is the first phase of initiation and the gateway to all of the other sacraments.
Baptisms of children from infancy through age six are celebrated throughout the Church year, except during the season of Lent, and begin again at Easter. If you are getting ready to have a child or if your child has not yet reached the age of seven and you would like more information about arranging a Baptism, please contact Nancy Royal at the Parish Office, so that you may begin the preparation for the celebration of this sacrament as soon as possible.
FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM: Ongoing instruction in our Faith and formation in discipleship for Children and youth from grades one through high school take place as part of our Faith Formation Program which meets one Sunday afternoon a month from 1:15 pm to 3:15 pm, from Sunday, August 23 through March. As the first and most important teachers of the faith to their children and to continue their own ongoing Adult Faith Formation, parents also attend and participate in a separate adult session. For more information, please CLICK HERE
Our Faith Formation Program includes preparation for sacraments. Please keep in mind that celebrating sacraments takes place in the second year of the program. If you would like your child or children to celebrate sacraments in second grade, they need to be in the program the previous year. Registration forms are available in the vestibule of the church and in the Parish Office. Early registration is a great help in our planning for next year. As our way of thanking you for registering early, please take $20 off your total fee if you register by June 15!
All the Blessings of Easter!
Nancy Royal, Director of Faith Formation