Becoming Catholic

Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (Also known as RCIA)

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The Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA) is the process of becoming Catholic. Through OCIA, candidates learn about the Catholic faith and gain support and guidance. OCIA 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. OCIA is also called the Catechumenate. OLGC offers catechesis in preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, First Penance and First Eucharist (Communion), and Confirmation.

Start Date: Our program is year-round, with formal sessions September-June. You can begin your OCIA journey at any time during the year!

Dates and Times: Adults meet Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 pm, and Breaking Open the Word sessions during Saturday 4 pm Mass. OCIA adapted for children, meeting time TBD.

Unbaptized adults and children ages 7-18 are invited to take part in the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) or the OCIC adapted for Children to prepare for full initiation into the Catholic Church with the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and 1st Eucharist.

Children in grades 3 through 7 who have not received the sacraments of baptism and/or the Eucharist attend the regularly scheduled religious education program (CCF) for 2 consecutive years. During the second year they receive additional instruction and preparation for the sacraments of initiation at the end of that second year.

Children in grades 8-12 who have not received the sacraments of baptism and/or the Eucharist and have not been enrolled in CCF classes during the past year attend the OCIC classes (OCIA adapted for children).

If you are baptized and interested in pursuing or completing your sacraments in the Catholic Church, inquire today! 

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. Adults and children ages 7-18 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).

Contact: For those 7 yrs. through adult who are interested, please contact Amy MacKinnon amackinnon@olgcva.org

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OCIA Initial Inquiry

Required

We're so glad you are considering the OrderĀ of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA) here at OLGC. Please fill out the information below as completely as possible.
Are you a registered parishioner at Our Lady of Good Counsel? required
Marital Statusrequired
Sacraments Receivedrequired
Do you have anyone else seeking entry into the Catholic church?required