Interested in Becoming Catholic?
The first step in the Becoming Catholic Process is usually either Alpha or “The Starting Point.” The Starting Point is a place to explore faith and experience community. It is for
- Seekers, who are curious about God, Jesus, the Bible or Christianity,
- Starters, who are beginning a relationship with Jesus, and for
- Explorers, who are interested in living out their relationship with Jesus in the Catholic Church.
We meet on the second Tuesday of the Month or some refreshments, social time, and relaxed discussion of some aspect of our faith. Our dates for 2018 are:
- Tuesday February 12, 2019
- Tuesday March 12, 2019
- Tuesday, April 9, 2019
We meet in the Gathering Space meeting Room (down the hallway from the main church lobby) from 7 – 8 PM on these nights. Feel free to walk-in, and bring a friend.
If your schedule does not permit you to attend, please contact Jen Mayer, either at 443-261-0155 or using the contact us page to set up a time an informal interview. In this interview, she’ll talk to you about your religious background and any areas of concern you may have. She can also answer any other questions you may have about the process.
Who is this Process For?
Becoming Catholic (formally known as RCIA, which stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process the church uses to prepare adults to enter the Catholic Church. It aims to address
- Those who are not baptized,
- Those who were baptized Catholic as babies, but who have not celebrated 1st Eucharist/1st Communion and Confirmation, and
- Baptized Christians of another denomination with little church background who wish to become Catholic.
It is a process of discernment, meaning that if you begin the process and discover that you are unable or no longer interested in continuing, you are not obligated to finish.
When do we Meet?
The main track of RCIA meeets on Monday nights from 7 – 9 PM in the Gathering Space Meeting Room. As part of the process, we also will attend one of the Sunday masses together (We will decide which one works best as a group).
Our Modified Track of RCIA (for Baptized Christian Disciples) sets it’s meetings by consensus of the group, meaning we work out dates and times when everyone can make every session.
Would my divorce and remarriage affect my participation in RCIA?
Divorce alone is usually not an issue for RCIA. See this link for information about divorce, remarriage, and RCIA.
How is Becoming Catholic/RCIA Organized?
Our main track of Becoming Catholic/RCIA has four phases:
An initial phase of where a person considering becoming a Catholic Christian can ask questions and we can review the basic story of Jesus’ life and how that matters to each of us. This phase in formally known as inquiry, but can be viewed as a getting to know Jesus phase.
A preparation phase, which helps the person who has decided they would like to enter the Catholic church and receive sacraments prepares to receive those sacraments. This phase has an emphasis on prayer and reflection and is known as the period of purification and enlightenment.
A teaching phase, that begins after a person decides he or she is interested in knowing more about Catholicism and the Church. This phase is known as the catechumenate, because people preparing for a baptism are called catechumens.
Finally, there is a reflection phase, after the person has received sacraments in which they further reflect on the mysteries of faith. This phase helps people integrate what they learned beforehand with their lived experience. This phase is known as Mystagogy, which refers to reflection on the mysteries.