If this overview of the process of RCIA seems a bit daunting to you, do not be afraid! The process is not done alone. Several inquirers will also be with you on the journey and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton has a team of dedicated people in our community to assist you on the journey.
The Catholic Church also gives each inquirer a sponsor who will share the journey with you and become a companion at the weekly sessions as well as at the other special occasions. Of equal importance will be the prayers and support of the entire parish community.
How do I begin this process?
The way to begin this process of learning more about the Catholic Church and perhaps deciding to become a member of the Catholic faith is to get connected to a nearby parish community. Catholic friends and neighbors can be of assistance to you in discussing St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s community. You might ask if you could visit their parish with them. For more information contact Jan Bolota (386)445-2246 ext. 112.
The Catholic Church welcomes your interest in our faith. The RCIA has been a great blessing to those who have experienced the process as well as for the parish communities that have fully embraced the process. Many parishioners who have been involved with the RCIA list it as the most beneficial and influential program they have ever experienced.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Adapted for Children
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is also the norm for the initiation of children of catechetical age (usually age seven). The RCIA process is adapted to meet the special needs of children and youth. In the Diocese of Saint Augustine, the process of RCIA for children is a two-year process.