God, our Father, created a big and loving family in His Church. Jesus prays that we are one, as He and His father in heaven are one. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we wish to invite you to learn more about our family in faith: a Church filled with beauty, miracles, heroes, history, love and peace.
Becoming Catholic With RCIA
RCIA meetings will be held on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., from
mid-September to mid-May. For more information, contact our Parish Office at 773-767-1523.
What is RCIA?
RCIA is the “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults”; the process through which unbaptized persons (Catechumens) and baptized Christians (Candidates) can enter the Catholic Church. It is a spiritual journey, a path to the fullness of Truth, who is Jesus Christ.
Who should attend RCIA?
Baptized Christians who wish to become Catholic, and/or are interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith.
Baptized Catholics who have not received other Sacraments (Communion, Reconciliation, Confirmation), and/or have been away from the Catholic Church for an extended period of time.
Any non-Catholic who wishes to learn more about the Catholic Faith.
How long is the process? What happens in RCIA?
The first period, the Period of Evangelization and Precatehumenate (Inquiry) lasts eight to ten weeks, culminating in a liturgical rite called Acceptance (for Catechumens), the first step to becoming a Catholic in full communion with the Catholic Church.
After Acceptance is the period of the Catechumenate, a period of continued growth, study, and conversion. This period leads to the Election on the First Sunday of Lent, when “the Church formally ratifies the catechumens’ readiness for the sacraments of initiation”(1). At this time, catechumens state that it is their will to receive the sacraments.
During Lent, catechumens experience the Period of Purification and Enlightenment, the final preparation for the Easter Vigil Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation and entrance into the
At the Easter Vigil, sacraments are received and Catechumens are formally recognized as Catholics.
The Period of Mystagogy following Easter (during the Easter Season) is the period new Catholics are especially encouraged to participate fully in the Eucharist, but also to delve deeply into the wealth of spiritual writings, devotions, traditions, and culture within our Catholic Church. For all Catholics, this period is a profound opportunity to experience our Faith together, encouraging all to grow to a transforming Union with God.