Becoming Catholic (RCIA)

Come and give the Catholic Church a try--for the first time or again.

"No one will force you to stay. Have a look at the Catholic Church from inside the convictions that make Catholicism what it is.
Walk around in it. See how it feels. Then decide what you think about it." ~George Weigel

Our parish has a regular program for adults interested in exploring the Catholic faith--those considering becoming Catholic for the first time or those who want to reconnect with their Catholic heritage. The formal program that serves as the foundation is called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) which is explained in more detail below. The overall aim in these weekly sessions is to cover some elements of Catholicism in the hope of faciliating your spiritual journey. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:30-8PM, usually in the Queen of Peace room downstairs in the Riffler Center unless announced elsewhere. Becoming Catholic today means joining an ancient faith, deeply rooted in the teachings and traditions of Christ, that is filled with hope and vibrancy as we continue to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the ends of the earth. To look at frequently asked questions about RCIA CLICK HERE. Here's the tentative schedule for this year's program:

Session

Tuesdays
6:30

Content

Recommended reading

Expanded audience

1

T 09/04

Catholic Faith and the RCIA

-Read> U.S. Bishops & RCIA
-Read> GICI
-Read> FAQs of RCIA.

 

2

T 09/11

Church Tour

-Watch> Cathedral virtual tour

SECOND TUESDAY
All Parish invited

3

T 09/18

Religious Experience

-Read> Franciscan place

 

4

T 09/25

World Religions

-Read> Nostra Aetate

 

5

T 10/02

Prophetic Tradition

-Read> Prophetic tradition

 

6

T 10/09

Catholic Church Reckoning: Addressing the Present Church Crisis

-Read> The Holy Rosary

2nd Tuesday/1st comm.
ALL PARISH INVITED

7

T 10/16

A community that Celebrates

-Read> Community That Celebrates 

 

8

T 10/23

Liturgical Year

-Read> Liturgical Year

First communion parents

9

T 10/30

Liturgy Eucharist-Mass symbols

-Read> Eucharistic symbols

 

10

T 11/06

Preparing Christmas: Encarnation

-Watch> Pope Benedict Incarnation

First communion parents

11

T 11/13

Mary's role in Catholicism & International Rosary (7:30 Cathedral)

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SECOND TUESDAY
All parish invited

12

T 11/20

Genealogy/Infancy of Jesus
Guest: Deacon Bill Burns

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13

T 11/27

Saint John the Baptist
-Rite of Welcoming (Initiation)

-Read>

First communion parents

14

T 12/04

Advent I

- Read> Sunday Gospels I & II

 

15

T 12/11

Advent: Preparing for Christ

2nd Tuesday/1st comm.

16

T 12/18

Advent II

- Read> Sunday Gospels III & IV

 

T 12/25-Christmas   T 01/01-New Year

17

T 01/08

Epiphany/Baptism of the Lord

Reading: Sunday Gospel

First communion parents

18

T 01/15

Following Jesus: Sacraments I

 

SECOND TUESDAY

19

T 01/22

Following Jesus: Sacraments II

 

First communion parents

20

T 01/29

Following Jesus: Consecrated

 

 

21

T 02/05

The Bible

 

First communion parents

22

T 02/12

1st reconciliation

 

SECOND TUESDAY

23

T 02/19

Corporal/spiritual acts of mercy

 

First communion parents

24

T 02/26

Liturgical Year: History

 

 

25

T 03/05

Lent
- Rite of Election ("Scrutinies")

Reading: Sunday Gospel I

First communion parents

26

T 03/12

Transfiguration: Only Christ

Reading: Sunday Gospel II

SECOND TUESDAY

27

T 03/19

Samaritan women

Reading: Sunday Gospel III

First communion parents

28

T 03/26

Born blind

Reading: Sunday Gospel IV

 

29

T 04/02

Resurrection of Lazarus

Reading: Sunday Gospel V

 

30

T 04/09

Palm Sunday

Reading: Sunday Gospel

2nd Tuesday/1st comm.

31

T 04/16

Holy Week Preparation
-Sacraments of Initiation

 

 

32

T 04/23

Walking w Risen Jesus

Reading: Lc 24: 13-35

First communion parents

33

T 04/30

Potluck for the newly baptised

 

 

34

T 05/07

Universal Church

 

 

35

T 05/14

Corpus Christi

 

SECOND TUESDAY

36

T 05/21

Trinitarian Community

 

 

37

T 05/28

Ascension: Recognizing Jesus

 

 

38

T 06/04

Pentecost: Missionary Church

 

 


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PRAYER FOR BECOMING CATHOLIC: Dear Lord Jesus, in your precious name, we pary for the strengthening of the Catholic faith among us all, but in particular at htis moment for those who are considering becoming Catholic--either for the first time or again. May you pardon their sins and unshackle them from whatever hinders their freedom to come Home, to you divinely ordained Holy Catholic Church. For you, O Good Shepherd, loved us to the end and offered yourself to the Father for the salvation of all. Amen.

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What is RCIA?  RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. When we bring people into the Catholic Church, or help them to receive all of their initial sacraments if they are already baptized Catholic, we call that "initiation." While the word "initiation" is often used when people are talking about joining a club, we are really talking about a process of prayer, reflection and study spread over several months during which the inquirer participates in Catholic life and worship.  The focus of the RCIA process is Christian conversion - a change of heart in which the individual turns toward God and away from whatever is in the way of living a full Christian life. Those who participate in this process of prayer, study and reflection include:

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People who have never been baptized
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People who were baptized in another Christian tradition
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Baptized Catholics who want to deepen their understanding of their faith and complete their sacraments of initiation. The three sacraments of initiation are Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation.

So this process could also be a good formation opportunity for anyone who:

__Desires to know more about the Catholic Church
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Attends the Catholic Church and is questioning if the Catholic Church is the right choice for a faith community
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Was baptized Catholic but left or has had little or no contact with the Church. 

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RCIA TEAM.  People journeying through the RCIA process need sponsors and community support to help them grow in faith. The RCIA team of sponsors help guide, support and instruct those discerning whether to become members of our Catholic community. Team members share their faith with inquiring adults who are seeking more information about the Catholic Church, many of whom seek to celebrate one or more of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. If you are a confirmed practicing Catholic who is interested in helping others to become Catholic, contact John Ysursa, Adult Faith Formation Facilitator, johny@boisecathedral.org for more information.

 

 

 

Becoming Catholic:  Do you know anyone who might be interested in Becoming Catholic? Contact John Ysursa, Adult Faith Formation Facilitator for more information: 208-342-3511 or johny@boisecathedral.org.

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, is a communal process for formal initiation of new members into the Catholic Church. This process is a return to the formation of the earliest members of the Church in the first and second centuries.

If you are an adult baptized Catholic who has received First Communion, but would like to be confirmed, we can help you with that part of your journey. Contact John Ysursa, Adult Faith Formation Facilitator for more information: 208-342-3511 or johny@boisecathedral.org.

 

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