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YOU’RE INVITED!

ALL SAINTS/HOLY TRINITY/ST. MARY RCIA

The All Saints, Holy Trinity and St. Mary RCIA Team would like to invite anyone who wants to know more about the Catholic Faith and/or is thinking about becoming a member of the Catholic family to inquire about the RCIA process. By meeting with our friendly team we will provide an overview and resources on Catholic beliefs, share information and explore questions and answers concerning Catholicism. If you or anyone you know would like to participate in or discuss participating in the RCIA process please call either of the parish offices or Jessica Phillips at 920-883-7357

Check out the NEW RCIA Brocure HERE!

ST. JAMES/ST. JOSEPH RCIA

RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is a learning and loving process in which people are welcomed into the Catholic Faith. It enables one to either receive the Sacrament of Baptism, or it helps those baptized as Catholics to complete their faith formation. Those participating have the opportunity to ask questions about the Church and to hear about the message of Jesus Christ and how it is lived out in the Catholic Church. All are welcome, and there is no obligation to make a commitment to become Catholic. The first gathering of RCIA is typically in September each year. It is for information and inquiry, not commitment. If you have any questions, or need further information, please call Sister Gerri at (920) 676-0693.

The RCIA process is planning to begin late in September. If you are interested you may be confirmed, not Catholic, or just want to learn more about your faith. If interested please call:  676 - 0693 leave your name and phone number. We are having a new and creative process this year being led by Patty Gray and team.


Are You Thinking About “Becoming Catholic”?

No matter when you begin to consider, rest assured that God is present from the moment of your spiritual journey. As you begin to feel the tugging at your heart or the “still small voice within”, God is there. We live in a secular culture that constantly bombards us with subtle and not so subtle messages that tell us we aren’t good enough, we don’t have enough, and we need something new to make us happy. However we learn in life that having more does not satisfy our deepest longing, meaning, or purpose in life. We may begin to long for an experience of God.

The search for God almost always involves a struggle with questions and doubts. Some of us have wrestled with the image of God that we learned as a child. Some of us find wanting to know who Jesus Christ says He is. We may begin to pray in a new way, even feel called by God who calls us into the mystery of faith.

Our technological world reveals to us our felt need for ongoing communication. Yet we long to belong and to be with really friendly people. At times our feelings of emptiness are filled in a faith community especially with people who center their lives on Jesus Christ.

The decision to embrace being a Catholic is more than adopting a set of beliefs or practices. It is more about joining an organization that aids us in opening to new spiritual insights and a new understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Embracing Catholicism is not about a defined beginning or ending. It is a conversion experience that sets us on a new spiritual path that leads to new encounters with Christ at different points along our life’s journey. As Catholics we continue to discover and are awakened to the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, in Scripture, in prayer, in the community of believers, and in outreach to those in need. All these experiences bring us closer in union with God and actually prepares us for that great day when we will see the face of God.

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) offers an inquiry time which allows seekers to look over the Catholic faith more closely. During these sessions participants ask questions, explore Catholic teachings, and discover what it means to be a Catholic Christian. The time within these sessions clarify information and any misconceptions about the Catholic Church, with no strings attached. If participants decide to become Catholic they may move into a deeper level of faith formation that focuses on prayer, sharing, community and reflection.

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults prepares people for full initiation into the Catholic Church through prayer, study, and discussion.

The process of welcoming adults into the Catholic Faith will begin again this fall. If you or someone you know might be in-terested in attending the sessions to learn more about our faith, please let Sister Gerri know. We also welcome new team leaders who can walk the journey of faith with those who seek reception into the Catholic Church.


RCIA - WHO IS IT FOR?

  • Have you been worshipping with us, but never officially took the step to become Catholic?
  • Have you been away from the church, and have now re-turned, but want to know more?
  • Have you been Catholic all your life, but never celebrated Confirmation?
  • Have you joined us from a different background, and would now like to find out more about the Catholic Church?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we would like to offer you the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. RCIA is a series of classes for adults who would like to know more about the Catholic Faith. Sponsors accompany the participants and mentor them throughout their journey. Team Leaders share their knowledge of Catholicism in the group setting. If you or someone you know is interested in the RCIA as a participant, sponsor, or team leader, please contact  your parish office. Classes will begin in fall.


What are the steps into becoming Catholic?

  • Precatechumenate: is a period of inquiry, welcomes newcomers to ask
    questions and share their stories as they begin to learn more about the church

  • Catechumenate: is a time of dedicated formation, often in a group setting
    with other newcomers to the Catholic faith

  • Purification and Enlightenment: takes place during Lent which continues
    instruction along with more preparation and prayer. Here is where we aid
    participants in the sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and
    Confirmation
    (a Candidate is a baptized Christ; a Catechumen is an
    unbaptized candidate)

  • Mystagogy: is the time after the newly initiated have been fully received into
    the Church. This lasts several weeks following Easter.


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RCIA

The Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen

Hail Mary

Hail, Mary! Full of grace, The Lord is with thee, Blessed are thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen

Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen