RCIA & Journey in Faith

RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is the process through which adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith. It is a communal process involving all the faithful of the parish, but in particular the RCIA team lead by the parish priest and parish catechist.

At All Souls, the RCIA program is known as Journey in Faith. It runs once a year from November until Easter. Catechumens and candidates enter the process sometime shortly before the beginning of Advent. A catechumen is a person who has never received baptism; a candidate is a person who has already been baptized. The process takes place largely in the parish room on Thursday evenings and there are about sixteen sessions, each one lasting about an hour and a half. Journey in Faith is not just for new Catholics and is supported by the entire parish community. In 2011 there were sixteen Journey in Faith sessions held in the parish room.

This year's Journey in Faith program starts on October 13th 2015. Click here to open a pdf of the schedule.

At the Easter Vigil (the mass on the evening before Easter Sunday) the celebration of the sacraments of initiation takes place. These are the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. The unbaptized (at this point now referred to as the Elect) celebrate all three sacraments of initiation whereas the candidates (having already received Baptism) celebrate Confirmation and the Eucharist.

 

RCIA Links

Link to RCIA Wikipedia article