Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

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RCIA is the process for adults who are interested in becoming Catholic.  Meetings are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Community Center, which is located in the basement of the Rectory.  The process is broken down into stages covering several time periods.  Depending on one’s Baptismal status, the RCIA process may differ slightly.

THE FIRST STAGE gives those interested in becoming Catholic an opportunity to ask questions about the Catholic faith.  This stage could last several weeks or longer.

THE SECOND STAGE teaches what Catholics believe, how we worship, how we live morally and how we pray.  This second stage, called the Catechumenate (teaching) process, generally lasts about six months.  However, this stage may vary from several weeks to a year or more depending on the discernment of readiness of each person and the RCIA staff to move on to the final stage.

THE THIRD STAGE lasts about six weeks, usually occurring during the Lenten season.  This is the period of preparation for the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist).

THE FINAL STAGE is a period of time of several weeks after receiving the sacraments of initiation.  This is a time of reflection on the experience of initiation into the Catholic Church and discernment on ministry in the Holy Cross Parish.

If you are interested in becoming Catholic, please call the Parish Rectory at 859-431-0636 and leave a message for David Arnold.