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The parish kids have returned to school, and now it is time to think about education for adults! The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a program designed to introduce adults to the teachings, practices and rituals of the Catholic community. The classes at St. Dominic will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:15pm beginning on September 30th. I will be the director of the program, and each week I will offer a presentation on what Catholics believe about the sacraments; Church leadership; morality; social justice; saints; Mary, the mother of Jesus; Sunday mass – the topics take a lifetime to explore! The first six weeks are known as the “period of inquiry” at which time I will offer an overview of the faith, beginning with how scripture and tradition guide our Catholic community. So who is the program for?
First, the program is focused on those who have never been baptized in any tradition: those who are Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, or have never had any specific tradition passed on to them or who have never been formally baptized in a Church.
Second, the program is for those of other Christian traditions who may want to “inquire” about our Catholic faith. This could be your spouse, your neighbor, your co-worker or someone you met on the bus! Maybe your non-Catholic spouse is simply curious about what the Catholic Church teaches, or maybe they are interested in what we are teaching their children. Catholics acknowledge all baptisms from other Christian traditions as identical to ours, and so we never “re-baptize” anyone. This program is a great way to familiarize yourself with the Catholic tradition.
Finally, the program is for those adult Catholics who simply feel they do not understand what our Church believes in. It is a great way to move from “Internet faith” – articles you have read about the Church in the media – to true, adult faith.
The classes are very casual. Each week, I will offer a presentation followed by reflection and small group discussion. You are invited to come when your schedule permits, and I will offer a calendar with topics to be explored throughout the year.
Maybe this is something you have “put off ” for a long time, or maybe you just want to re-energize your faith. All are welcome! Please contact me directly at the rectory: email@example.com or 216.991-1444, and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.