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RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

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Each year men and women embark on an exploration of the Catholic faith.  Some are deciding if they are called into the Catholic Church; others have been Catholic all their lives and are now interested in discovering what this really means.  Together we witness to the fact that our search for God is a lifelong journey, a journey on which we make the most progress when we walk it with others and with intention.

The RCIA is a process that values every person’s unique religious story. It is an exciting journey of growth and discovery into an experience of Jesus Christ in your life, to ask your burning questions, and to seek ways to more fully explore your interest in the Catholic faith. There are a series of steps (formal rites) conducted in the context of learning about the faith and spiritual formation through which a person is fully incorporated in the Body of Christ, the Church.

Who is RCIA for?
• An adult who has never been baptized
• An adult who has been baptized in another faith tradition but is interested in becoming Roman Catholic.
• A baptized Catholic adult who has not received the sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation
• A Catholic adult who would like to learn more about the faith

When do we meet?
Beginning in September, we meet most Sunday’s in the Chapel after 11:30 Mass from 12:45 – 2:15pm, concluding in April or May depending on the liturgical calendar and guidance from the Archdiocese of Miami.

What will I need during this process?
A prayerful heart paired with a commitment to attend our sessions. Weekly Mass attendance is a mandatory element of your faith journey. All materials will be provided to you. You will need to select a sponsor who will be able to guide and support you along your journey – we can assist you in this process as well.

What are the Stages of the RCIA process?
The RCIA process has several distinct stages.

First Stage
The first stage of the RCIA process, evangelization, begins when an adult comes to the church to inquire about Catholic beliefs and practices. This first stage is a period of reflection and discovery where the "inquirers" meet weekly, and through discussion, examine the Catholic beliefs.

Second Stage
In the second stage, the "catechumenate" officially begins with the Rite of Acceptance. This occurs on the first Sunday of Advent, which is the beginning of the liturgical year. The catechumens are introduced to the parish, receive the blessing of the priest and receive a copy of the Bible. Throughout the catechumenate period, the catechumens join the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word at the Sunday Mass and are formally dismissed after the homily to discuss the Sunday readings. Since they are not yet fully initiated, they are not yet invited to celebrate the Eucharist.

Their public presence at Mass and their dismissal from it are powerful reminders to all of us that our faith is a precious gift which should not be taken for granted. During this period, the catechumens continue their weekly meetings, in addition to attendance at Sunday Mass.

Third Stage
The third stage is a time of spiritual purification and enlightenment and begins with the Rite of Election celebrated by the diocesan bishop at the cathedral on the First Sunday of Lent. The catechumens, called by name and accompanied by their godparents, come forward as the bishop signs the Book of the Elect.

They are then invited to proceed to the sacraments of initiation. They will share with Catholics around the world the season of repentance, renewal and recommitment. During this period they will receive copies of the Nicene Creed and the Lord's Prayer on separate Sundays in their parish.  These will be recited at every Sunday liturgy proclaiming the core beliefs of our Christian faith.

During the Easter Vigil, the catechumens are fully initiated into the church. We congratulate them, welcome them to our community, and promise them our prayers on their journey of faith.

Final Stage
The final stage of the RCIA process is called post-baptismal catechesis of Mystagogy. The newly initiated are invited to fully participate with the faithful in the Sunday liturgy. They are also encouraged to continue to study Scripture and to participate in the service mission of the parish. Although this concludes the RCIA process, the faith journey of the newly initiated, like our own, is a life-long process.

We welcome you to join us or invite a friend or family member who may be searching for faith and a loving church community.

PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY and return all forms below to the Parish office:

RCIA - RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS REGISTRATION FORM

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Daily Mass Schedule
Monday-Saturday
8:30am in the chapel

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil
5:30pm

Sunday Masses
7:30am, 8:30am, 10:00am and 11:30am

Chapel Hours
Daily Rosary
Monday - Saturday 8:00am

Chapel is open
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 10:00pm

Saturday
8:00am - 5:30pm

Adoration
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
9:00 - 10:00am

Sunday - Friday
5:00 - 10:00pm

Reconciliation
Saturday
4:00-5:00pm or by appointment

Baptisms
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Marriages
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Parish Office Hours
Monday-Friday
9:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday - CLOSED
Sunday
8:00am - 1:00pm