RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION for ADULTS (RCIA)
Are you thinking about or interested in becoming Catholic?
Contact Deacon Mike Boyd at Deacon.Mike.Boyd@gmail.com for more information about becoming Catholic.
Who is RCIA for?
- Persons in need of Baptism.
- Persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic.
- Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation.
If I am interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and possibly becoming a Catholic, what should I do?
Contact Deacon Mike Boyd at Deacon.Mike.Boyd@gmail.com for more information about the RCIA process. The Inquiry phase of RCIA will meet on Thursday evenings from October 5th, 2017 until November 30th, 2017.
Overview of the Inquiry Phase –
At Saint Polycarp, Discovering Christ is an eight-week experience where people are invited to hear the Good News and personally encounter Jesus Christ. Discovering Christ helps people enter or renew a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, experience the love of God the Father, and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live as God’s children.
A Typical Session –
In total, Discovering Christ stretches over an eight-week period (see the schedule below). Each weekly session includes four components;
- A shared meal, where we welcome our guests with hospitality, foster relationships, and grow in friendship with one another.
- Prayer time which consists of singing together a song that offers our time to the Lord and helps everyone present become comfortable praying together.
- Video teaching – presenting the core Gospel message that invites all present to make a personal response to Jesus Christ.
- Small group discussion where those present freely share what they think and feel about the topic discussed in the teaching.
Schedule for Inquiry Period –
All sessions for the Inquiry Period will be held in our Parish Hall, from 6:45 – 8:45. Following are the dates and topics for each session;
Thursday October 5th, 2017 – Session 1 – What is the meaning of life?
Thursday October 12, 2017 – Session 2 – Why does Jesus matter?
Thursday October 19th, 2017 – Session 3 – What does Jesus want us to know?
Thursday October 26th, 2017 – Session 4 – Why do we need a Savior?
Thursday November 9th, 2017 – Session 5 – Why is the Resurrection important?
*Saturday November 11th, 2017 – Session 6 – Retreat – Who is the Holy Spirit & The Holy Spirit and you!
Thursday November 16th, 2017 – Session 7 – New Life in the Spirit.
Thursday November 30th, 2017 – Session 8 – Our need for the Church.
*Note – the November 11th retreat will be held in the Church