O C I A (Order of Christian Initiation of Adults) — formally known as RCIA — is a dynamic journey of discovery, where candidates are introduced to Catholic beliefs and practices and come to encounter the Person of Jesus Christ. Each year on Holy Saturday, during the Easter Vigil, thousands of adults are baptized and/or confirmed in the Catholic Church throughout the United States!
The OCIA format is an informal setting where a group of adults, interested in the Catholic Church, journey together to learn what the Church really teaches, and to grow in faith — both by seeing how their life experiences are met by God’s love and by participating in the beauty that is the Catholic way of life.
Who should attend:
- a non-Catholic parent of a child attending Incarnation School or Religious Education classes who wants to know more about the Catholic faith.
- someone who has been away from the Church and is unsure how to return, uneasy about participating in the Mass, or concerned about how you will be accepted.
- an adult Catholic who never completed the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation.
- an inquirer from another faith community who is interested in the Catholic faith.
- someone who wants to learn the story of your redemption through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
- or maybe you just want to know more about God’s love for you and what the Catholic Church teaches about that unconditional love, and how God has an incredible plan for your life!
For more information or to join the next OCIA group, just contact Leslie Hutchison. She’ll be happy to answer any questions!
If you’d like to read more about the OCIA process, you can check out the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) page HERE
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