Becoming Catholic- RCIA- Rite of Christian Initation

[vc_row 0=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Rite of Christian Initiation- RCIA” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text 0=””]Confirmation is a Sacrament in which those who have been baptized receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit, whom the Lord sent upon His apostles at Pentecost. It is a sacrament that celebrates God’s special strengths and gifts.

In 1972 the Church published the “Rite of Christian Initiation” (RCIA). RCIA stresses the connections between the three sacraments of Christian Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist.

Through Baptism, you receive grace and life from the Holy Spirit. In Confirmation, your baptismal promises are renewed and the sealing with the Spirit serves as the preparation for a mature Christian life. In Holy Eucharist, the great sign of Christian unity, we the faithful are nourished and strengthened. We are transformed into a more loving and united community of believers.

Through these sacramental rites, the faithful are officially acknowledged as Christians, and are received as fully initiated members of the church. By our Baptism, Confirmation, and through the Eucharist we are all commissioned to carry on the work of Christ and his Church. We are called to promote the kingdom of God here on Earth.

Confirmation is a parish community celebration. It provides us all the opportunity to reflect on our baptismal commitment. At Confirmation the parish community celebrates the Gifts of the Holy Spirit among us. These gifts help all Christians to live lives more fully committed to Christ.

Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Knowledge, Courage, Reverence, Wonder and Awe.

Living with the gifts of the Spirit, active in our lives, we are able to enjoy the fruits of the Spirit, which help all Christians make good moral choices and live as Christ has challenged each of us to do.

Charity, Faith, Joy, Modesty, Kindness, Goodness, Peace, Patience, Self-Control, Chastity, Endurance, Mildness

This is a process of welcoming, education, and conversion. If you have not been baptized or are a non-Catholic or if you have been baptized but have not received the sacrament of First Eucharist you may seek Confirmation through the RCIA. A sponsor is required for Confirmation, the sponsor must meet the same requirements listed below.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Sponsors” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text 0=””]

Sponsors:

The sponsor is your choice. We recommend you carefully consider:

Your baptismal Godparent(s)
An adult who is a close friend or relative
Someone who is in the parish or lives nearby
Parents may not be sponsors for their own children
There are persons in the parish community who would be eager to be a sponsor for confirmation.
If you are unable to find a sponsor to journey with you, the parish may be able to provide you with a person who has expressed a sincere desire to be a confirmation sponsor

The selection of a sponsor is an important decision you have to make. Choosing that right person can make a big difference in your confirmation journey.

Each candidate needs to select a sponsor to walk the two-year journey of the confirmation process with him or her. It is hoped that this sponsor-candidate relationship will evolve into a lifelong one. The choice of sponsor, therefore, becomes a very important decision. Sponsors make a difference and are an integral part of the faith journeys of their respective candidates both during and after confirmation. The purpose of the sponsor-candidate relationship is to lead the candidate into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is essential that the person selected to be a sponsor meets the following criteria.

Qualifications of a Sponsor:

The sponsor must be a person of faith and a confirmed Catholic
A person of mature faith, at least 25 years old
Active and able to fully participate in the Catholic faith
Be willing and able to perform the role of the sponsor outlined below:

Responsibilities of a Sponsor:

Attend all adult education/sponsor sessions as scheduled during the teaching year
Participate with the candidate in the one day retreat
Meet regularly with the candidate in addition for formally scheduled sessions to develop a close relationship which encourages spiritual growth, emphasizes the moral life of a Christian, and assists in the completion of the completion of the Christian service hours requirement.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_row_inner 0=””][vc_column_inner 0=””][vc_single_image image=”9732″ img_size=”full” style=”vc_box_rounded”][vc_column_text 0=””]

Nicene Creed

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]For more information, please contact:

Dennis Jones

e-mail: djones@stlinus.org

(562) 921-6649

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