Adult & Family Ministry
512-454-0384 ext. 222
The goal at St. Louis Catholic Church is to provide a welcoming environment to help facilitate the questions which people have about both the Catholic faith and traditions as well as, to shed some light on God’s plan for each of us and for the world. Have you ever asked questions like these?
Who is Jesus and why should I care?
What does it mean to be a Christian?
- What does the Catholic Church have to say about life’s questions?
St. Louis Catholic Church offers several opportunities to ask these questions as well as many more.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or R.C.I.A.
The RCIA process is the primary way adults are welcomed as new members of the church. Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Matthew:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mt 28: 19-20)
And St. Paul tells us:
“There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one god and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph 4:4-5)
We are called to be one in Jesus Christ. The Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation) incorporate us into Christ's body (The Church) and forms us into God’s people.
Through RCIA, persons encounter Jesus by hearing the sacred scriptures proclaimed, by immersing themselves in the Tradition of the Catholic Christian community, and by discovering the Risen Jesus present concretely in the seven sacraments. The Church has designed the RCIA process to help women and men respond to the impulse of God’s Spirit. RCIA helps bring people into community fellowship in Jesus Christ, to know personal holiness and to engage in loving service to God and to others.
What is the Process?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines faith as “a personal adherence of man to God. At the same time, and inseparably, it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed.” ( CCC, 150). Thus, coming to faith is not merely an academic exercise of attending classes. It is first and foremost a development of a personal relationship with God in Jesus Christ. Our doctrines, rituals, devotions, and traditions, both illumine and help to shape one’s faith and one’s initiation into a community of believers. A person seeking the Christian faith in the Roman Catholic tradition will embark on a process of learning, prayer and engagement with other learners, a journey which can be summarized as follows:
Period of Inquiry – the purpose of this first period is a time to build trust, to share stories, ask questions, foster initial conversion and be introduced into parish life.
Period of the Catechumenate – the second period of the process is the time where one’s faith and conversion is deepened, while being immersed into the community through: studying scripture (The Liturgy of the Word); learning about and experiencing Catholic Traditions and doctrines; actively participating in the life of the community; prayer and worship; and introduction to living as a disciple of Jesus.
Period of the Purification and Enlightenment – the third period is a time to focus on eliminating what is weak and sinful and affirming what is Holy. This period occurs in the season of Lent. It is a time for recollection and final preparation for the celebration of the sacraments of initiation.
Period of Mystagogy – the final period in the RCIA process is a celebration of faith, ministry and being co-missioned to live a new life in Christ. From Easter to Pentecost, the newly initiated focus on deepening his / her sacramental life with emphasis on the Gospel message, Eucharist and mission.
How to get Started
The RCIA process at St. Louis is ongoing.
Adult Confirmation is offered twice a year. If you are ready to take the next step in your faith journey, we are ready to be a companion with you. For more information, please contact Adult & Family Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 512-454-0384 x222.