Each year at the Easter Vigil (the night before Easter Sunday), St. Christopher Catholic Church joins the Universal Catholic Community in welcoming new members who have completed a process known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Adults who want to become Catholic enter a process of formation. During the time, they reflect on their desire to enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. This is the “inquiry” period, a time to “come and see”, as Jesus invited his disciples to do.
Those who decide to proceed celebrate the Rite of Acceptance and become “catechumens”, an ancient word to describe those preparing for initiation into the Church. During this time, they learn about the doctrines, traditions, and faith practices of the Church. They also join the community on Sundays and are dismissed from Mass after the Liturgy of the Word. With a catechist, they delve deeper into the scriptures they have heard.
Toward the end of this period, the catechumens celebrate the Rite of Election and enter a time of intense prayer and preparation to become Catholic Christians. The celebration of the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil begins a new phase in the new Catholic’s relationship with God. Now able to participate fully in the liturgy and sacramental life of the Church, the newly baptized enter a period of reflection on how they can live their new life in the midst of the larger parish community.
IS THIS JOURNEY FOR YOU?
Participating in the RCIA is much more than going to a class on Catholicism. It asks for conversion to a new way of life in Christ. Although doctrinal instruction process, spiritual growth is equally important as the catechumen comes closer to God by becoming a disciple of Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
The journey is not a lonely one. Our RCIA team, sponsors, and the whole parish community support and travel with you through your journey. The whole parish community will pray for you and you celebrate the steps leading to initiation. Your sponsor provides a special relationship as an example and companion on your journey. The RCIA team will provide guidance and hospitality that represents the whole parish.
HOW DO I BEGIN?
Your RCIA journey begins when you begin to think about becoming Catholic. Perhaps someone you know is a member of the parish and you respect their way of living; perhaps a family member is a Catholic and you want to practice the fatih together as a family. Wherever you are in your faith journey, we welcome you to “come and see” what the RCIA is all about.
If you are interested in more information, please complete the form on the reverse side of this page and return to the parish office and a team leader will contact you.
DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CATOHLOIC FAITH?
We welcome people who want to learn more about what it means to become full and active members of the Church. The RCIA is a process of instruction prayer and community building that, if you choose, can lead to full initiation into the Catholic Christians Community.
Please contact the Religious Education Office (702)-657-6779 or email REoffice@stchrisnlv.org