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RCIA Classes Wednesday Nights starting in the Fall

The RCIA process invites participants to grow in their understanding of the Catholic Church, its teachings and way of life.  It is formation that is focused on Jesus Christ and coming to know him more deeply. The process is marked by prayer, study, and fellowship and the celebration of Rites at Mass. Typically, those who participate in RCIA, and who choose to become Catholic, celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) during Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.  After Easter the newly initiated meet for several weeks to deepen their Christian experience through spiritual and communal growth.

RCIA sessions are held on Wednesday evenings at Holy Cross Parish 6:30p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

The RCIA process is comprised of four phases with each phase focused on coming to know the Lord more deeply. The person seeking to join the Church is introduced to beliefs, life, liturgy and ministry in the Catholic community.

• Period of Inquiry (Evangelization and Pre-Catechumenate) - Participants receive both spiritual and doctrinal preparation in an effort to experience and strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ.

• Period of Catechumenate - Participants are given guidance and formation aimed at assisting them in living the Christian life more fully.

• Period of Purification and Enlightenment - Coincident with the season of Lent, participants join the St. Ann faith community in interior reflection and examination of conscience in preparation for the celebration of the sacraments at Easter.

• Period of Mystagoia - Participants become more fully integrated into the faith community and deepen their Christian experience through further spiritual and communal growth.


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