“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to carry out everything that I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world.” Matthew 28: 19-20
- An adult thinking about becoming Catholic
- An adult wanting to be baptized
- A baptized Catholic Adult interested in preparing for Eucharist and/or Confirmation
The RCIA is a process, a faith journey, which prepares interested people to become Catholic. It does this through a series of steps and stages. The process takes place in the Catholic faith community and provides experiences and opportunities to grow in faith, knowledge, understanding, and discipleship in Christ.
The RCIA process forms participants in the Catholic faith and practices through regular worship, ritual celebrations, prayer, scripture, learning sessions on Catholic beliefs and teachings, service opportunities, and retreat times. Those who have already been baptized may celebrate Eucharist and/or Confirmation and come into the Catholic Church whenever they are fully ready. Those not yet baptized come fully into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil (the night before Easter Sunday).
Come and see what the Catholic Church is all about by going deeper into the Teachings of the Church!
Held on the following Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 p.m. in FCC 10
Catholicism 101 is a chance to explore the Catholic faith, or to catch up on what you might have missed when you were in CCD, religion class, or faith formation back in the day!
(Presenters: St. Stephen’s Clergy and Staff)
10/23: Why do we believe in God and why do we need faith?
11/6: Who is Jesus and why is He here?
11/20: How the Holy Spirit is alive in the Church and in our lives!
12/4: How do I learn more about this God who has revealed Himself?
12/18: How to prepare and celebrate Christmas as a Catholic!
1/15: Where did we come from? Looking at Church history!
1/29: Let’s talk about the book on the shelf: How to study the Scriptures!
2/5: What makes us Catholic? The four marks of the Church!
2/19: How does a calendar make us holy? The Liturgical Year!
3/4: How to stay connected to Jesus through His Church: The Sacraments
3/25: Is Jesus truly present in the Eucharist?
4/1: Why did Jesus give us the Mass?
4/15: How do we participate in Mass?
4/29: Christ heals through His Church: Confession and Anointing!
5/13: How do we serve Christ with our lives? Marriage and Holy Orders!
5/27: Does my faith matter in the real world? Catholic Social Teaching!
Catholicism 101 is a chance to dig deeper into the teachings of the Catholic Church regardless of how much experience and knowledge you have with Christianity and/or the Catholic faith. Catholicism 101 is a great opportunity for any Catholic who would like to go deeper into the teachings of the Catholic Church and/or any adult who is interested in becoming Catholic, curious about Catholicism, or a baptized Catholic adult who has not yet received First Communion and/or Confirmation.
On the weeks that Catholicism 101 does not meet, you are invited to join a small faith-sharing group if you choose to. More information on faith-sharing small groups will be given out on the first night of Catholicism 101 (October 23).
If you are interested in becoming Catholic and participating in the “Catholicism 101” series, please contact Faith for Life Director, Maredith Toweh , or call 763-712-7439.
For children, the RCIA process is adapted to accommodate their age and developmental level. Members of the St. Stephen’s community walk with the young people as companions and sponsors. Children/youth, parents, and sponsors attend sessions together and often worship together. During their time in the RCIA, children and youth reflect together on the Sunday scripture readings, grow in understanding of Catholic beliefs and practices, share and listen to faith stories, and recognize their call to the Catholic faith community. The process involves formation in the Gospel teachings, as well as Christian service.
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, please contact Faith for Life Director, Maredith Toweh , or call 763-712-7439.