RCIA & RCIC
Our 2017-18 program for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) will begin with the Period of Inquiry on September 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM. We wish to invite you, as someone who might be searching for answers and a place to open your heart and mind to God, to consider joining us in our exploration of the Catholic Faith. St. Pius X’s RCIA program could be your answer. For more information about RCIA/RCIC and/or to inquire about becoming Catholic, please call Sister Maxine at (614) 866-1575 or use our form below to contact her directly.
Sister Maxine Shonk, O.P.
WHAT IS RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a process lasting from September through Pentecost Sunday during which anyone who is interested can learn more about the Catholic Religion with a view toward the possibility of becoming a full participant in it. This initiation into the church is a process of discernment, not a one-time act, and is facilitated by a team of RCIA ministers from the parish. It is divided into four significant phases:
1 - Period of Inquiry
This period officially begins when you make the call to St. Pius X. Unofficially it began long before that, when you first learned about God and about Jesus Christ and wanted to learn more. This time of inquiry is a time to ask the questions and to identify just what it is you are looking for. You are partnered with a sponsor (or companion), someone from the church community who is familiar with the faith to accompany you in your faith journey, to answer/help ask the questions, and to help you discern your next step.
Based on your continuing discernment, this period ends with the Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate on the First Sunday of Advent when you are publicly welcomed by the faith community of St. Pius X.
2 - Period of the Catechumenate
This second stage of the discernment/ initiation process is the extended period of time when you will receive more formal instruction in Catholic practices and doctrines.
You will also begin to attend the Sunday Mass but will be dismissed after the Liturgy of the Word to discuss (“break open”) the scriptures you have just heard. This is a time for reflecting on and sharing your own faith journey with your fellow “catechumens” and sponsors.
Based on your continuing discernment, this stage concludes when you gather with all catechumens from across the Diocese of Columbus for the Rite of Election, or admission. This takes place on the first Sunday of Lent at the diocesan cathedral or a designated church and is presided over by the Bishop. The community of St. Pius X will celebrate the Rite of Sending as a way of blessing and celebrating your election.
3 - Period of Purification
This final period of preparation is one of intense, spiritual reflection that coincides with Lent. It is also known as the Period of Enlightenment … more a time for prayer and reflection than for teaching. The three purifying rituals known as the scrutinies—or examens—help to strengthen you in your discernment.
Based on your discernment, this period ends on the Sacred Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. At the Easter vigil, after sunset on Holy Saturday, you will receive the sacraments of initiation: Baptism (for those not previously baptized) Confirmation and Eucharist. You will have become fully incorporated into the body of Christ, the Church, and into the richness of the Catholic tradition.
4 - Period of Mystagogy
The process of initiation continues after the Easter celebration. During the Easter season you and the other neophytes—the newly incorporated—gather to deepen your grasp of the great Paschal Mystery into which you have been incorporated. Mystagogy is also about mission, going forth to continue the mission of Jesus Christ.
During this time you will spend time getting to know the church community of St. Pius X, learning about the many opportunities it offers for building community, for being of service to the Church and to the needs of the society around you, and for continued faith development and prayer.
Candidates and sponsors meet weekly on Thursday at 7:00 PM in the Parish Activity Center (PAC Room) from September 14, 2017 through May 20, 2018.
Open for 2017-2018 RCIA Schedule
|September||14||Introduction, overview, Focus on Faith|
|21||Trinity: Father (Creator), Son (Redeemer) and Holy Spirit (Sanctifier)|
|28||Tour of the church|
|October||5||How Catholics worship: Liturgy of the Word/Liturgy of the Eucharist|
|12||God’s Revelation in the Bible I: Old Testament|
|19||God’s Revelation in the Bible II: New Testament|
|26||Church: The Body of Christ; Sin and Grace|
|November||2||Teachings on Social Justice|
|9||Communion of Saints; interviews for the Rite of Welcome|
|12||Rite of Welcome/Acceptance: the first Sunday of Advent at 10:15 AM Mass|
|It will be followed by a welcoming reception for candidates and catechumens.
Rite of Dismissal begins each Sunday thereafter.
|23||Thanksgiving: No Session|
|30||Role of Mary in Redemption; complete interviews for Rite of Welcome, practice|
|December||7||Vigil for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception; meet for Liturgy in church|
|21||Christmas Celebration - Potluck|
|January||4||The Sacramental Life of the Church|
|18||Eucharist I: The Theology of Eucharist|
|25||Eucharist II: The Spirituality of Eucharist|
|8||Lent; Period of Purification and Enlightenment: Practices & Spirituality|
|Ash Wednesday, February 14, is the beginning of Lent.|
|15||Anointing of the Sick; Interviews for Rite of Election|
|18||Rite of Sending: the first Sunday of Lent at 10:15 AM Mass|
|The St. Pius community commends the candidates and catechumens to the Bishop who,
that afternoon in the Rite of Election, will commission them, along with all other candidates
and catechumens in the diocese, to ongoing conversion and invite them into the Lenten
period of purification and enlightenment, a deeply spiritual journey.
|8||Marriage and Family Life|
|15||Christian Morality, Moral Decision Making|
|22||The Easter Triduum|
|8||Mystagogy - Debriefing and sharing|
|15||Mystagogy - Organizations within St. Pius X|
|22||Mystagogy - Outreach ministries of St. Pius X|
|29||Mystagogy - Ministries within St. Pius X|
|May||6||Mystagogy - Spiritual opportunities at St. Pius X|
More about RCIA/RCIC
- Volunteering as a Sponsor We select sponsors from a pool of parish volunteers and match them with candidates for what we hope will be the best possible fit for their spiritual development. Sponsors are carefully vetted before being added to our pool. Sponsors must be practicing Catholics. If you are interested in applying for sponsorship, please contact Sr. Maxine Shonk at 614-861-1575 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ages This ministry is appropriate for men and women over 18 years of age.
- Ministry Location St. Pius X Parish Activity Center (PAC Room)
- Designation This ministry begins in September and continues through Pentecost Sunday. This year, Pentecost Sunday is May 20, 2018.
- Frequency Meetings are conducted every Thursday evening from September through Holy Week, unless a change is noted. Candidates also attend Mass and study sessions according to an RCIA schedule.
- Time(s) 7:00 - 9:00 PM for meetings, other times as identified
- Other Information Because of its purpose, commitment to serving in this ministry involves a significant number of hours. However, the depth of your growth and faith development, the involvement in your parish community, and the joy it genuinely brings others is priceless.