What is the RCIA? (How does someone become Catholic?)
Catholicism is a way of life and becoming Catholic is a journey in faith. RCIA is a process, rooted in history, which is designed to educate in the Catholic faith and prepare adults to receive the sacraments of the Church. It seeks, however, to do more than simply give interested persons information. Becoming Catholic involves entering into relationship with a community of God’s people. Our hope is that you will enjoy a deeper relationship with God as you also become acquainted with members of Saint Patrick’s and the Church throughout the world. Your RCIA journey will be a unique time for you. You will no doubt notice how your own life experiences and beliefs have brought you to this point as you listen to God’s invitation to explore the Catholic faith. At the same time, members of the parish are praying for you, attending sessions with you, and sharing their own life stories as Catholics.
Who is the RCIA for?
Adults never baptized who might desire to become a Catholic.
Adults baptized in another Christian church who might desire to become a Catholic.
Adults baptized Catholic who have not received full reception into the church through the Sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation.
What happens in the RCIA?
First, you get to ask questions. This is your journey, it’s your quest, and it is you that God is calling. So the first step in the RCIA process is to ask. There are no commitments, and coming to inquire doesn’t mean you have to join. If you like what you hear and would like to join our Church, then you are enrolled as a catechumen, a learner. Our staff and parishioners will do their best to help you learn about our faith and way of life. We share our faith with the catechumens and we listen to their story.
Finally, for those who are called to full membership in the Church, the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) are celebrated at the Easter Vigil.
For more information, or to register for RCIA, please contact Fr Bismarck at (973) 623-0497 and/or fill out the form below.