A person becomes a member of the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). It's a process that warmly welcomes new members and provides spiritual and doctrinal formation, while at the same time helping them deepen their relationship with God. It also helps new members broaden their understanding of the Bible, the Church and its teachings and traditions.
Who can take the program
Participants of the RCIA program are adults who are interested in becoming Catholic. If a candidate is not baptized he/she may become a Catechumen, which leads to Baptism at the Easter Vigil service. An inquirer who is already baptized in another Christian denomination will become a candidate for full communion and Confirmation in the church. We also welcome Catholics who are uninstructed and looking for other Sacraments, such as Confirmation, Eucharist and Reconciliation.
About the RCIA program
A program of prayer, instruction and sharing the Word of God in our community leads inquirers in the Catholic Faith to a decision for Baptism and/or full communion in the Church.
The RCIA program is based on Pathway to Catholicism by Mark Link, S.J. and the Sunday to Sunday video series on the Sunday Scripture readings. By means of presentations, videos, discussions, prayer and retreats, participants are introduced to a rich and full-faith life in the Catholic tradition.
The RCIA team is composed of a Team Leader, a Chaplain, and several parishioners — all of whom help to present and guide the program for the greatest benefit of the candidates.
Sponsors are chosen for each candidate. The sponsor is usually a parishioner and active, practicing Catholic who acts as a mentor and friend to accompany the person he/she is sponsoring. The sponsor should be able to answer questions such as: "What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?", "What difference does it make to me to belong to a community of faith?", and "How am I called to witness to the reign of God in the world today?".
The RCIA team meets in the Education Centre on Tuesday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m., beginning in September. If you or someone you know is interested, contact Valerie for more information. Latecomers are always welcome to this program.
The Administrator of the Education Centre at St. Ignatius, Mrs. Valerie Forrest, is responsible for interviewing all applicants for Baptism or Confirmation.