RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
RCIC - Rite of Christian Initiation for Children
New Wine into Old Wineskins

What is RCIA?

RCIA, also known as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, is an opportunity for both baptized and unbaptized adults over the age of 18 to enter fully into communion with the Catholic Church. RCIC, also know as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults as adapted for children, is an opportunity for unbaptized children over the age of 7 to enter fully into communion with the Catholic Church. Also children, who have been baptized, but have not been attending religious education or Catholic School and did not receive First Holy Communion through regular faith formation classes can enter into full communion through the RCIC, These adults and children are provided with pastoral formation by a team of trained catechists and sponsors to help them intimately understand the joys of living the Christian life. The classes are on going and can be started at any time.

Receiving the sacraments at St. Peter's

In being received into the Church or entering into full communion with the Church, adults and children undergoing the RCIA/RCIC Catechumenate process become role models of charity, love and service to the Church. To emphasize the importance of these sacraments of initiation and reception, catechumens are received into the Church during the Easter Vigil, the high point of liturgical year. Our pastor, Fr. Michael J. Antony, administers the sacraments during this liturgy as the whole of our parish communities celebrates in new life being placed before us.

New Classes Forming September 2015


RCIA-RCIC Information Form

Download and print one copy per registrant.


Faith Questionnaire

Download and print one copy per registrant.


Preparing for the sacrament at St. Peter's

The parishes of St. Peter's and St. Mark's offer a joint RCIA/RCIC program, utilizing team members and catechists to provide a comprehensive, weekly series of classes that help adults and children to be formed in the Catholic tradition. These classes are designed to increase the faith lives of those who are ready to receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist in order to be more fully joined to the Church. For those who have already been baptized, this process brings them more fully into the Church through the sacraments of reconciliation, confirmation and Eucharist. After a significant period of preparation the reception of the sacraments occurs at the Easter Vigil.

In this age of the smart phones, road rage, peer pressure and monthly bills, the demands of our secular lives place a heavy burden on our growing, but nascent faith life in Christ as catechumens and candidates in the Church. Through RCIA/RCIC, catechumens and candidates become more capable of assuming the apostolic commandments of Christian life and how best to integrate that life alongside the demands we face each and every day as disciples of Christ.

Below is a list of the full requirements for an adult to begin the RCIA(dult) process at St. Peter's. An adult must:

  • Be over the age of 18 years or older
  • Attend regularly Saturday or Sunday mass
  • Attend all required preparatory RCIA classes

Below is a list of the full requirements for an child to begin the RCIC(hildren) process at St. Peters. A child must:

  • Be unbaptized
  • Be of the age of reason usually age 7 or older by Easter
  • Attend regularly Saturday or Sunday mass
  • Attend all required preparatory RCIC classes

A child who needs to make up sacraments must:

  • Be baptized
  • Uncatechized- not having attended religious education classes or Catholic school for at least one year prior to requesting sacraments
  • Be 9 or older
  • Attend regularly Saturday or Sunday mass
  • Attend all required preparatory RCIC classes

Classes are age appropriate. Middle school and high school youth have their own RCIT(een) program separate from the younger children.



To register yourself, spouse or for more information about our other sacramental preparatory programs, contact our parish office.



 
 
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