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RCIA: Have you thought about becoming Catholic?

If you, or perhaps someone you know, is interested in becoming a Catholic, making Confirmation, returning to the Church, or just curious about our faith and religion, you are invited to join us for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) beginning Monday, Sept. 27.

RCIA is a formation program to prepare adults for full communion with the Roman Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil Mass on April 16, 2022. It primarily is for those who are not baptized, but adults baptized as Catholics or in other Christian faith traditions who wish to be confirmed as Catholics are welcomed, as well.

We meet from 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays from September through the Easter Season, with several breaks for holidays. We begin with an inquiry session on Sept. 27 in the John Bosco Center to answer questions and explain the formation process.  Our regular sessions begin Oct. 4. There is no obligation and no cost – only your desire.

Masks are recommended for your health and for the health of others.

RCIA provides the opportunity to explore the Catholic faith to see if it is for you and to form community. At our weekly    sessions, we explore and discuss the Catholic faith, prayer, traditions, practices, liturgy and theology that help to draw us into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ – the savior of the world and the reason for our Church. Along the way, we share our thoughts, questions and concerns as we learn more about ourselves, our spirituality and the Church. Most who join us will come into full communion with the Church at the Easter Vigil; some may decide it is not the right time for them and choose to wait.

Our group typically includes people from all stages of life: middle or high school teenagers, college students, young adults, parents, singles, couples, working adults and retirees. They are husbands or wives of Catholics, or persons planning to marry a Catholic. Some have been attending Catholic churches for years with a spouse, a relative or friends. Others have been searching for a faith tradition and have found a home here.

For information, or if you have questions, please contact Deacon Steven Girardi in the parish office at 727-726-8477, ext. 310, or by email at deaconsteven@epiritusanto.cc

Visit our RCIA and Adult Faith pages under “Faith Formation” for more information.