RCIA / RCIC / Adult Confirmation Preparation
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
This is a program in which the non-baptized and baptized non-Catholics learn about the Catholic Church and are led by experienced and dedicated Catholics on a journey toward entrance into the Catholic faith. This program is also for those Catholic adults who were baptized, but did not receive the other Sacraments of Initiation which are Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation.
It is a process that generally begins in September and climaxes at the Easter Vigil when the participants are received into full communion with the Church. The group meets every Wednesday evening from 7 P. M to 8:30 P. M
If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and love of your faith, RCIA offers many opportunities such as being a sponsor, presenter, facilitator, or offering hospitality or prayer.
RCIA Tri-fold Brochure
RCIA Schedule of Meetings and Topics: SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS
Confirmation Preparation for Catholic Adults
This confirmation preparation program is for adults who have already been baptized into the Catholic Faith, have already received the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and who wish to complete their Sacraments of Initiation into the Catholic Church. Preparation consists of 10 catechetical sessions alternating between weeknight classroom style instruction and Saturday mini-retreat style meetings. Prepared adults are then registered with the archdiocese to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation by the Cardinal at St. Matthew's Cathedral.
To learn more about this program, contact the Religious Formation Office.
Adult Confirmation Preparation (ACP) Schedule of Meetings
"Growing in Faith"
Special Sacramental Preparation for Children
The special Sacramental Preparation Program is specially adapted for children and youth. This process follows the RCIA pattern of liturgically marked periods in the conversion process closely in order to prepare children to receive the sacraments of initiation. However it differs from the RCIA in catechetical method and approach at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church by involving parents and siblings in the learning process via a family formatted presentation of scriptural and doctrinal teaching.
Children participating in the special Sacramental Preparation Program must be seven years of age or over whose parents have expressed the desire to fully initiate them into the Catholic faith. They fall in one of three general categories:
- They have not been baptized
- They were baptized in another faith tradition, but their parents wish them to enter into the faith and sacramental life of the Church through Reconciliation and Eucharist, and/or Confirmation
- They were baptized Catholic, but have not received formal instruction in the faith and missed the reception of one of the sacraments at the usual time.
Catechetical sessions with specially trained catechists prepare the children for the reception of the sacraments. Following their reception of the sacraments, participants are then expected to continue their faith formation through traditional class instruction and involvement in the communal and liturgical life of the parish.