“The RCIA Program has definitely made an impact on me. It has enlightened me while also clarifying many of my doubts and questions. I now know why I do certain things during mass and as a Catholic in general. The Director Cecilia, and all of her class assistants, Sharon, Martha, Aelyn, and Justin, were just wonderful!! The class was informative, appropriately paced, and I felt comfortable. I also met nice and cool new people. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone, even if you’ve been a part of the church for many years. It was just a great educational experience. I am thankful that God called me to it.” – Sara Arce
The Parish of St. Andrew offers a period in which you can come together to learn more about our faith through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. This method, (RCIA) is a formation process to prepare adults and persons who have reached the age of reason, to receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
The RCIA is for:
- Unbaptized adults and young persons who have reached the age of reason and wish to become Catholics.
- Adults baptized in another Christian tradition who are seeking full communion with the Roman Catholic Church and seek the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
- Baptized Adults who were baptized as infants in the Catholic Church and now seek the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
“The rite of Christian initiation presented here is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully.” (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults # 1)
The spirit and teachings of the Catholic faith are shared in a weekly meeting through dialogue among participants, lay people, and clergy of our parish. The RCIA is a journey that takes us through what we believe as Catholics, how we celebrate those beliefs, and how we live our life to bring us closer to God. In the process, participants get prepared to make the personal decision to receive the Sacraments of Initiation.
Are you interested in becoming a Catholic? Were you baptized Catholic as a child but have not yet celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist? Do you know someone who still has not received their Sacraments of Initiation? If you do, please contact Cecilia Sousa for more information at 954-905-6332 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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