RCIA stands for The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The RCIA is the ordinary way in which the Catholic Church introduces herself to adults interested in knowing more about our faith. Each year the RCIA leads many people to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church through the celebration of the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil. Some people come to the RCIA because they are married to a Catholic and are raising their children Catholic and want to better understand the faith of their spouse and children. Others come because they are curious about this faith professed by one out of four Americans and want to know what Catholics really believe. Sometimes Catholics who have met people who have entered the Church through the RCIA and who seem so knowledgeable about the faith are drawn to the RCIA to have the opportunity themselves to study their faith as adults.
Many roads lead to the RCIA and all are welcome. A new season of the RCIA will begin at Christ the King on Tuesday, September 25. We are asking for everyone’s help to get the word out and to invite people to the RCIA.
Letters of invitation to this year’s RCIA are now available in the vestibule. Parishioners who know a family member, a neighbor, a co-worker or a friend who might be interested in the RCIA are asked to take a letter, address the envelope and send it to that person. The letter can be sent anonymously or with a personal note from the parishioner sending it.
Our Catholic faith is a treasure that is meant to be shared. One way in which we can all be evangelizers is to send at least one letter of invitation to the RCIA to one person that we know. The RCIA is one of the most important activities of our parish that is now resuming with the beginning of the new school year. We all have a part to play as we invite, support and pray for those who will be a part of this year’s RCIA.
See you at Mass!