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Are you interested in becoming Catholic, finding answers to your most challenging questions about the Catholic faith, or just hoping to learn more about the Church? RCIA might be the perfect next step for you!
RCIA Encounter is the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program, the preparation for those adults who are interested in becoming part of the Catholic Church at the Church of Saint Mark. The program combines talks from great speakers and professors from the University of St. Thomas and the St. Paul Seminary, beautiful videos from the best producers in Catholic media, field trips, and special events in which you will be able to experience the beauty and depth of the Catholic faith.
RCIA Encounter is for those adults (18 and over) who are not baptized, those baptized in another faith, and Catholics seeking to receive the sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation. It is also open to those adults who are seeking a faith renewal. Through RCIA people also prepare for entry into the Catholic Church by learning about Jesus Christ and His teachings, as well as the Church's traditions and history.
RCIA starts in the autumn and continues through the spring each year, culminating with initiation into the Church at Easter and the post-baptismal catechesis. There are five stages to the process, each stage affording opportunities to ask questions, study, pray, join in community life, and participate in celebrations during Mass. Each stage in the RCIA process will help you build an excellent foundation in the Catholic faith and wonderful relationships with a strong faith family.
RCIA Encounter sessions are mostly held on Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm in the Saint Mark's Parish Center starting on September 5, 2018. There will also be special sessions almost every month in which the participants will go to different places like the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the St. Paul Cathedral to have a firsthand experience of the faith. At the sessions, you will join others who are also in formation to become members of the Catholic Church. You will grow in your understanding of the teachings of the church; as we listen to talks from outstanding professors and theologians explaining what we believe, why we believe it, and what it means personally to believe it. We will also have small group break-out moments to discuss the topics.
CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
STEPS OF RCIA
3. PURIFICATION & PREPARATION
5. MYSTAGOGY & BEYOND
Come for our first session, an opportunity to ask questions about the Catholic faith, church and parish community and to learn about the RCIA process. It will be held in September, 2019; location and time TBA.
Please let us know if you are interested in attending this Inquiry session or if you want to join us at any point during the year by completing the RCIA Contact Us form.
Br. Yamato will meet with you to talk about your faith journey, answer questions, and help you get started.
Get in touch and start exploring your options for becoming catholic through RCIA:
or call the Parish Center at 651-645-5717