Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)

Prescribed by the Second Vatican Council, the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) offers to adults the opportunity to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and/or Eucharist, which, collectively, constitute the Roman Catholic "sacraments of initiation."

Catechumens, that is, men and women who are enrolled in the RCIA program, receive these sacraments at the Easter Vigil, at which time they become fully incorporated into the Church.

During the RCIA preparation period, catechumens attend Sunday Mass and also weekly classes. During these classes, catechumens learn about the faith. Relying heavily on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this learning consists of weekly discussion about and review of both Holy Scripture and Catholic dogma, Tradition, and spirituality.

This year, St. Columbkille’s RCIA program begins on Sunday, October 18. Each Sunday thereafter until Easter, catechumens attend the 11:15 AM Mass, followed by class at 12:30PM in the rectory. Each week’s class lasts for one hour. Because the parish recognizes that adult catechumens’ lives are busy, there is no assigned “homework” each week, though optional “assignments” for additional enrichment are occasionally suggested.

In addition to the Catechism, 1 or 2 other texts may also be used. In preparation for the first class, however, catechumen candidates ought to have accessible via their tablets or smart phones the Catechism of the Catholic Church (available for free at http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catechism/catechism-of-the-catholic-church/epub/index.cfm). Hardcopies of the Catechism may also be cheaply purchased at Amazon.com.

For additional information, please contact the rectory or email Deacon Tom Olson at tmajorsolson@gmail.com.