Congratulations to five individuals (Michael, Robert, Alecia, Katelyn and Melissa) in the Saint Joseph Parish Roman Catholic Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) Program who were initiated into the Catholic faith during ceremonies at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, April 19th.
They are now fully initiated into the Catholic Church in a process that began last September. First, individuals meet with the R.C.I.A. director in one-on-one meetings to explain their faith journey and interest in Catholicism. They begin weekly classes focused on scriptures and spiritual reflection, and attend Mass on Sundays.
After some time, inquirers seek acceptance into the Church. During the Rite of Acceptance, they officially become catechumens preparing for baptism. They are presented to the congregation at Mass.
Usually on the first Sunday of Lent, the Rite of Election takes place, when catechumens publicly express their desire for baptism. This is followed by the first, second and third scrutiny on subsequent Sundays during Lent. At last, catechumens are baptized, confirmed and receive the first Eucharist at Easter Vigil, when they enter into full communion with the Church.
If you are interested in learning more about Catholicism, or are thinking about becoming a Catholic, please contact Rev. Anthony Cullen at (413) 625-6405 to begin the process. Our next classes begin in September.