RCIA Information

Are you searching for …

A deeper relationship with God?

A sense of belonging in a faith community?

A greater fulfillment of your mission in life?

 

Have you been curious…

Ever wonder about the difference between Christian traditions?

Ever wonder why priests cannot marry?

Ever wonder how Catholics relate to Mary and the saints?

Saint Andrew Parish will soon begin a new journey in faith to share the richness of the Catholic Church and our parish family, and to walk with those  seeking a deeper life with Christ through the Sacraments of Initiation. If you answered “YES!” to any of the questions above, we invite you to join us in the RCIA Process.

What is RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established for the universal Church for adults to become Catholic and to receive the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church. The Rite speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey.” Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church, this journey takes place through distinct stages over a period of time suitable to bring about a thorough instruction in the faith, significance experience of the parish community, and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of the Catholic community. The RCIA process is a restoration of the ancient catechumenate, arising within the first three centuries following the era of the apostles. It was the early Church’s way of spreading the new Christian faith throughout the world. The Second Vatican Council called for the restoration and the use of this venerable and powerful method of initiation for the worldwide Church.

Who is RCIA for?

1. Persons in need of Baptism.

2. Persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic.

3. Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and / or Confirmation.

How long is the RCIA Process?

The time varies, but is rarely shorter than six months or longer than three years. The Church greatly respects the time each person needs for conversion and decision. The RCIA text gives guides for discerning this on a case-by-case basis. Our process typically begins in late September and continues through the Easter Season (up until Pentecost).

Have questions or want more information?

Contact David Heimann at the Parish office (773) 525-3016 or davidheimann@saintandrewchicago.com for more information!

 

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