What exactly is RCIA?
The RCIA is a seven-month process that offers formation into the Catholic faith and way of life for non-baptized adults, Christians of other denominations, and adult Catholics who have not been confirmed. RCIA members have the opportunity to ask questions about the Church and hear about the message of Jesus Christ and how that message is lived out in the Catholic Church.
How RCIA works
RCIA’s process provides a structure for:
– learning about the Catholic faith and way of life;
– catechesis (the passing on of the teachings of the church);
– public and private prayer;
– the opportunity to participate in faith-sharing groups;
– direct spiritual support from members of the St. Olaf community;
– the observance of feasts, fasts, Sundays and seasons of the church calendar;
– participation in the work of the church for justice and peace;
– and the proclamation of the Gospel.
During this time, each catechumen is paired with a sponsor who serves as a spiritual companion and offer support and encouragement.
When is RCIA offered at St. Olaf?
We meet every Sunday following the 10:00 am Mass until shortly after Easter, with breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each evening will provide the opportunity to hear a presentation on a wide range of engaging topics, interact with presenters and the group, and participate in and share hospitality. In addition, an opportunity to meet with RCIA members in small faith-sharing groups will be offered on Sunday mornings.