How to Become a Catholic: The RCIA

(Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Holy Family, Seattle)

THIS WE BELIEVE!!

IF YOU ARE YOU ARE AN INQUIRER INTERESTED IN KNOWING MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH

OR

A CATHOLIC WHO WANTS TO DEEPEN YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH

YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR ADULT FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS - 7PM

BEGINNING SEPT. 15TH

The classes will guide and form our catechumens and candidates as part of the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults), but the presentations and format will help all of us to deepen our love for and understanding of the Church.

The class is open to:

Inquirers, baptized and unbaptized

Those wishing to convert from another faith

Baptized but uncatechised Catholics

Catholics who want a fuller understanding of the Church and her teachings

THE TEXT: THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

"A sure norm for teaching the Faith." John Paul II

For further information contact Eleanor at 206-763-9047

Terms and Information Regarding Faith Formation

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA

"A thoroughly comprehensive catechesis on the truths of Catholic doctrine and moral life, aided by approved catechetical texts, is to be provided during the period of the catechumenate" (RCIA, Appendix III, #7).

Catechumens - individuals who have never been baptized in any tradition and need basic evangelization and catechesis.

Candidates - individuals seeking full communion with the Church. They fall into two groups: 1) baptized Christians seeking full communion with the Church; and 2) Catholic people who may have been baptized but who are not fully initiated, with little or no instruction in the Bible or general Christian teachings.

Faith Formation Course Outline

(Approximate)

Session 1: Divine Revelation - Life of Faith Response

Session 2: The Mystery of the Trinity

Session 3: The Mystery of Creation - Mystery of Sin

Session 4: The Mystery of the Incarnation

Session 5: Jesusí Ministry: Teaching, Healing, Reconciling

Session 6: The Mystery of Redemption

Session 7: The Mystery of the Resurrection, Ascension, Lordship of Christ

Session 8: The Holy Spirit

Session 9: The Mystery of the Church: One Holy, Catholic, Apostolic

Session 10: Mary, the Virgin Mother of God

Session 11: The Four Last Things - The Communion of Saints

Session 12: The Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation

Session 13: Eucharist: Theology and Structure of the Mass

Session 14: Sacraments of Healing: Penance and Anointing

Session 15: Sacraments of Service: Matrimony - Holy Orders

Session 16: Catholic Morality and the Dignity of the Human Person - Living the Moral Life -

Ten Commandments: 1-3

Session 17: Ten Commandments 4-10

Session 18: Prayer

The primary text to be used will be the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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