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59970e3228eebCongratulations, Dana, Steve, J.B., Sarah, Melody and Nick! RCIA 2018 Participants with Sponsors and Team Members

Congratulations, Dana, Steve, J.B., Sarah, Melody and Nick! RCIA 2018 Participants with Sponsors and Team Members

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59970e3228eebRosemary Caragher shown leading our session on Prayer

Rosemary Caragher shown leading our session on Prayer

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59970e3228eebOur Candidates and Catechumen met Bishop Manz at the Rite of Election, which takes place at Holy Name Cathedral on a Sunday in Lent.

Our Candidates and Catechumen met Bishop Manz at the Rite of Election, which takes place at Holy Name Cathedral on a Sunday in Lent.

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59970e3228eebParticipants enjoy several service projects. Here, we cooked and served a meal at the St. Blase Food Kitchen.

Participants enjoy several service projects. Here, we cooked and served a meal at the St. Blase Food Kitchen.

RCIA is a process...
of questioning and conversation, for non-Catholics who wish to know more about the Church, and for Catholics who have not received the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.  The purpose of RCIA is not to complete a class requirement or to see how much information you can learn about the Catholic Church. Rather, RCIA is designed to help deepen your faith in God, and make you a stronger disciple of Christ.

St. Francis Xavier and our neighboring parish, St. John of the Cross in Western Springs, have combined efforts to present the best of our programs to participants. Leaders from both churches walk with participants throughout the process, and we meet in both parishes. If you have been thinking about becoming Catholic or completing your sacraments, please consider joining us.

Who participates in RCIA?

  1. Unbaptized Adults who are feeling called to become followers of Christ by receiving the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
  1. Adults Baptized as Christians in another denomination, who are now interested in living out their Christian life in the Catholic Church. They are welcomed into full communion through a profession of faith and receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
  1. Adults Baptized Catholic who are seeking to complete their sacraments of initiation with the celebration of Confirmation and Eucharist.

What is the Goal of RCIA?

RCIA is all about conversion – growth and change taking place in our hearts and minds so that we can more fully live in relationship with God and each other. It is about deepening our faith, and exploring what belief in God means for our lives and how it is reflected in our actions. The purpose is not to check off a class requirement or to see how much information you can learn, but rather to assist you in becoming a living, breathing, active disciple of Christ!

A note for those with mixed feelings: We are all on a journey. Many of us come to this process with different experiences of life and faith. Your thoughts about starting this process might range from “Great! When can I start?” to “Gee, this seems like an awful lot!” Wherever you are on that spectrum, we are excited about and open to walking with you as you explore how God might be inviting you into a deeper relationship.

The RCIA process is definitely a commitment of time and energy, but each Easter we hear folks say it was time well spent and the months really flew by. We work hard to give you the experiences and tools you need to not only make this commitment of faith, but also to keep it!

If you are unsure this is the right step for you, you are not alone. RCIA at its best helps people find their way on their spiritual journey. If in that progress you discern this isn’t the right fit for you, or not the right time, that is ok, too!

Next Steps:

The 2019-20 RCIA began in September 2019.  Please let us know of your interest at any time for 2020-21, and we will put you in touch with an RCIA Team Member. They will meet with you to share details about the next session and answer any questions you might have.  Email Susan Lindsay, or call 708-352-0168.