Becoming A Catholic

The Catholic Church warmly welcomes adults interested in becoming Catholic. Without doubt, God has been at work in your life, drawing you closer to Himself and His Church. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adult men and women are initiated into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. The process spans through four periods of discernment with rites of celebration marking each step along the way. Prior to initiation, participants receive catechetical instruction, scripture reflection, faith sharing, prayer and liturgical rites aimed at helping participants be strengthened spiritually and, at the proper time, receive the Sacraments fruitfully.

RCIA classes have begun for the 2023-2024 year, but if you are interested in joining please contact us and/or register online: https://forms.gle/D5Ce2AUc238PMKhs7

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Properly speaking, RCIA is for those adults who are not baptized in the Christian faith. However, it is also suitable for baptized adults who desire to join the Catholic Church, and for Catholic adults who have not yet received the sacrament of confirmation.

This year, 2023-2024, classes will meet Wednesday evenings, from 6:00-7:45 p.m. beginning October 4.

RCIA meets from the beginning of October through mid-April, with the Sacraments of Initiation taking place at the Easter Vigil Mass on the evening of Saturday, March 30, 2023.

The RCIA team leads the group in catechetical discussion using “The Way of Christ” program by the St. Phillip Institute, the book of which is provided free of charge to those taking RCIA. This is facilitated through talks, small group discussion, and Q&A. Catechumens and Candidates choose sponsors to accompany them on this journey of faith.

The whole community has a role in the initiation of newcomers. “Christian initiation in the catechumenate should be taken care of not only by catechists or priests, but by the entire community of the faithful, so that right from the outset the catechumens may feel that they belong to the people of God. And since the life of the Church is an apostolic one, the catechumens also should learn to cooperate wholeheartedly, by the witness of their lives and by the profession of their faith, in the spread of the Gospel and in the building up of the Church.” Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity

The liturgical assembly gathers as Church. Therefore, the assembly teaches the catechumens and candidates what it means to be Church. Also, the assembly exercises a specific role in the liturgy and hands on the ritual, symbols, and memory of the community.

There is no fee for the program.

If you have questions, contact Jenna Montedonico @ jmontedonico@epiphanymn.org  or Fr. Paul Hedman @ phedman@epiphanymn.org.

To register, click here: https://forms.gle/D5Ce2AUc238PMKhs7

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