LEADING PEOPLE CLOSER TO CHRIST

RCIA

RCIA

If you have been coming to Mass for awhile but are not Catholic ...
     ~  we invite you to take a deeper look into the Catholic faith.

If you are already Catholic and have not yet completed your sacraments of initiation (First Communion or Confirmation,) ...
     ~  we invite you to join us and see what steps you need to continue your journey to the Lord.
  
If you are longing for a place to call home ...
     ~  we invite you to come home to our Catholic family, founded by Jesus Christ.   

Here you will find the peace and comfort, healing and mercy, and the hope and love that come from God and His Catholic Church.

Come meet some faithful Catholics, in a warm and welcoming environment, who love the Lord and would consider it a privilege to get to know you. Read on for more information about RCIA and see the schedule to the right for meeting dates and times.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA):
A Year-Round Program at Prince of Peace
 

RCIA is an ongoing, year-round process. If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, we welcome you and want to speak with you. Please stop by the Church office or call
672-5272 or email Deacon Bruce at Deacon.Bruce.at.PoP@gmail.com (please see bulletin for meeting dates and times).  


RCIA takes the inquirers through four phases from casual acquaintance to full commitment.

PERIOD OF EVANGELIZATION AND PRECATECHUMENATE....This is the time of getting acquainted, where there are informal discussions, questions answered, anxieties dispelled and stories shared.

PERIOD OF CATECHUMENATE....After the decision to become Catholic, the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens is celebrated and the catechumens enter more deeply into the formation of faith. They attend the Liturgy of the Word and participate more fully in the Church's liturgical life. A sponsor, a member of the parish, is received to walk the journey of faith with the catechumen in a one-on-one relationship.

PERIOD OF PURIFICATION AND ENLIGHTENMENT....This stage of deeper commitment begins on the First Sunday of Lent and is celebrated in a solemn rite at the cathedral of the diocese. The catechumens become the "elect." The Lenten liturgies focus on forgiveness and the elect show their readiness through the scrutinies.

The great celebration of the catechumenate is the solemn celebration of the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday evening. The sacraments of initiation--Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist--are bestowed and the elect are now received in to the Catholic faith.

PERIOD OF MYSTAGOGY....A post-Easter period of continued instruction and formation integrates the new Catholic more fully into the faith and the ministries of the parish community.

For all of us at Prince of Peace, we pray for those who are sharing this journey of faith in our midst. RCIA is meant to bring all parishioners to a deeper sense of what conversion means and emphasizes the Church's identity as a community of faith and the people of God. It is our parish mission.

One of the most significant ways Catholics today can be evangelizers is to become involved in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). It brings adults into full communion with the Catholic faith. RCIA is a progressive journey of faith and an experience of conversion for the searcher and our entire community. RCIA is a parish's call to conversion, true evangelization in action through witnessing, praying together, studying Scripture, sharing liturgy and fellowship.

If you are a Catholic and want to help with the program, we want you! 
Please also call the church office or email Deacon Bruce at Deacon.Bruce.at.PoP@gmail.com.