Friday, November 5, 2010

Becoming Catholic

Q - To become Catholic do you have to learn about Catholic religion?

A - Thank you for your question! The simple answer is yes. In ordinary circumstances, the modern way that most people become Catholic is through what is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA for short). This is a formation process where those interested in exploring an interest in the Catholic Church are able to discern where God is leading them.

Now, if there is some emergency or other circumstance, the Church can certainly offer the Sacraments of Initiation to anyone who is disposed to receive them. In other words, if the RCIA process just doesn't work for someone (they work nights, there is no program where they live, they are homebound, etc.) then we can work with them individually.

RCIA consists of prayer, presentations, discussion and community. We gather to help others learn about Catholicism and grow in faith. There is no pressure, but we merely want to help others listen to God in their lives.

The process comes from the ancient Christian Church's process of preparing non-Christians for baptism as adults.

If you are a member of the A&M or Blinn communities, we welcome you to join our RCIA program here at St. Mary's Catholic Center. If not, then we suggest you contact a parish near you to learn more.

Here are some helpful links:
St. Mary's Catholic Center RCIA program
Intro to the RCIA process