The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a program for non-Catholic persons who want to explore the possibility of becoming members of the Roman Catholic Church. It is open to persons who have never been baptized and who now desire to be baptized Catholic, and to persons who have already been baptized in another Christian tradition and who now wish to be initiated fully into the Catholic community. The RCIA program involves weekly meetings beginning in the early Fall and continuing through the following Spring. The program includes formal instruction in the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church, activities to help the person deepen his or her relationship with God, and other activities meant to incorporate the individual into the Catholic community.
Beginning the process does not oblige one to complete it.
Persons interested in learning more about the RCIA program and parishioners who want to assist those persons who are participating in the RCIA program should contact Michele McHale-Pickard, Carl McColman, or Fran McColman by phone at 404-378-4588, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCIA News: October 29 marks the Rite of Acceptance and Welcoming
Sunday, October 29, at the 9:30 AM Mass, the St. Thomas More community will acknowledge the women and men who are exploring the Catholic faith with us and who are taking the first step toward Christian initiation — leading to full membership in our Church.
Our inquirers includes persons who have never been baptized, who in the Rite of Acceptance will enter the Order of Catechumens — the first step on the path of discipleship, a path which leads to the Easter vigil when the catechumens may receive the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. Other inquirers have been validly baptized in another denomination, and who are now studying the Catholic faith; with the Rite of Welcoming, they become candidates, who may receive the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist when they are ready.
We hope that you will pray for our inquirers as they take this important step toward becoming catechumens or candidates. Please pray for the St. Thomas More RCIA team as well. And if you are present at the 9:30 Mass on October 29, please welcome our new candidates and catechumens, both by participating in the Rite and by greeting them after the Mass. Your hospitality is an important part of this Rite, which is a joyous moment as we share our Catholic faith with others!