If you're considering becoming Catholic, or a Catholic that never received First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, then the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) might be for you.
RCIA prepares men and women to make a conscious choice whether or not they want to receive the sacraments of initiation offered by the Catholic Church (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation).
Profession of Faith in the Catholic Church:
- People who wish to become Catholic but have been baptized into other Chrisitan faith traditions will enter into a process tailored to the faith development and understanding of the person.This may be as short as a few weeks or up to a year or longer depending on the faith journey of the individual.
Sacramental Preparation for Adult Catholics:
- For many different reasons, adults who were baptized as Catholics did not receive one or more of the sacraments at the usual age. If you desire to receive Holy Communion, the Sacrament of Penance, or most commonly, Confirmation, Holy Mother of Consolation will provide the preparation that you need. This may range from a few to several sessions.
The Rite of Chrisitan Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
- The RCIA is a process of understanding what Catholicism is about, including preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist which are celebrated at the Easter Vigil. It calls adults to conversion of mind and heart, and it prepares them for full and active life in the Church as disciples of Jesus. During the process, adults participate in liturgical rites that both mark the progress of their journey and form them more deeply by God's grace.
For further information regarding any of the above forms of initiation, please contact Mary Lynn Hendrickson at [email protected] or call 608-835-5763 ext. 110.