Our program has already started for this year; we always begin in the Fall following the traditional time-line of the early Church when people were brought into the faith community at Easter. For more information email [email protected]
"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
< CONTEXT. This statement is that the Catholic Church is both human and divine. In the Order of Chrisitan Initiation for Adults (OCIA, formerly RCIA), we'll never make the case that Catholics have been perfect. The Catholic Church has never been--nor will it ever be--perfect because as a human institution it is comprised of imperfect human beings, from the faults of its founders (e.g., St. Peter denies Christ three times) to its leaders today. But the Catholic Church transcends its human imperfections because of God's grace that resides there. Christ didn't choose the gifted; He gifted the chosen!
CALLING. Do you hear a call to the Catholic Church? This is a great way to explore this.
COST. We ask that you obtain your own study materials that include:
__ a Catholic Study Bible (we recommend The New Catholic Answer Bible) or you can always use this ONLINE VERSION.
__ a copy of Brandon Vogt's Why I Am Catholic: and You Should Be Too
__ We will also be making use of the online Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (or you can buy a paper version)
__ Finally take a couple turns hosting treats for our gatherings
(PS let us know if this is a financial hardship for you at this time and we'll find a remedy).
COMMITMENT. The ask is that you attend as many of the forty sessions on our schedule.
< CONTEXT: In the name of transperancy, we aim to meet people where they are, but also challenge them to rise up. The Bible tells many stories of people – even Jesus Himself – going into “the wilderness.” But they don’t stay there because that’s just the start. To be fully human, we also have to be on the Way. So if you're humble enough to know you're imperfect, then consider joining some fellow travelers on this spiritual quest to find out more about of what was established by Christ when he told the man who denied knowing Him: "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church." There's a big adventure waiting for you!
Prayer for Becoming Catholic: Lord Jesus, we ask your blessings on those who aspire to join your Church through our parish community. As they ponder your Word and share their stories, may the fabric of their lives become interwoven into the very Body of Christ, your Church. Amen.
What is OCIA?
OCIA stands for Order 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 OCIA 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 catechumens (people not yet baptized) and candidates (those already baptized in another Christian tradition) who are joined by their sponsors and others looking to grow their faith.
Becoming Catholic today means being a part of 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 OCIA CLICK HERE.