Becoming Catholic/RCIA

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RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation

RCIA is the process of becoming Catholic.  Through RCIA, candidates learn about the Catholic faith and gain support and guidance. RCIA provides an initiation into the Catholic Community of Faith for people who are experiencing a conversion in their lives and seeking full Communion with the Catholic tradition of Eucharist and Confirmation. RCIA is also called the Catechumenate.

Start Date: Our program is year-round

Dates and Times: Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm combined with Breaking Open the Word at the 11:15am Sunday Mass.

OLGC offers catechesis in preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, First Penance and First Eucharist (Communion), and Confirmation.

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Adults and children ages 8-18 who meet any of the following criteria are invited to take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) or the RCIA adapted for Children:

  1. Unbaptized and wish to become Catholic (i.e., seek full initiation into the Catholic Church with the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and 1st Eucharist).
  2. Baptized Christian (non-Catholic) and would like to enter the Catholic Church from another Christian faith (i.e., enter into full communion with the Catholic Church by receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist).
  3. Baptized Catholic as an infant but had no further Catholic faith formation/religious education or sacraments (i.e., would like to complete your initiation into the Catholic Church by receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist).
  4. Adults and children ages 8-18 who were baptized Catholics as infants and celebrated their First Eucharist, but had no further Catholic religious education (i.e., would like to complete your initiation in the Catholic Church by receiving the sacrament of Confirmation).

To learn more about the process of preparing for the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and/or Eucharist) contact Amy Winkler, Director of Christian Formation, 703-896-7415.

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Why an RCIA process?

Christians are made, not born. The development of faith takes time; it cannot be rushed. There is nothing automatic or instant in the Rite of Christian Initiation; candidates need time for their faith to ripen. Usually this means one to two years of faith formation, depending on the background and spiritual maturity of the candidate.

Hundreds of years ago, a person desiring reception into the Catholic Christian Community studied, prayed, fasted, and did good works for three years. Initiation takes time because as candidates experience the cycles of the faith throughout the year, they learn about the traditions, the people, the prayer, and the actions of the community.

Because each person is unique, the amount of time it takes for someone to complete each period cannot be determined ahead of time. As such, the process at OLGC is year-round so that adults and children can begin the RCIA process throughout the year.

 

Adult RCIA Calendar

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Children's RCIA Calendar

Sunday 12/03

Children's RCIA

3:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Location: Classroom B

Teen RCIA

3:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Location: Classroom A
Sunday 12/10

Children's RCIA

3:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Location: Classroom B