RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is a ministry and outreach program for adults interested in exploring the Catholic Church and Catholic faith and for those determined to proceed further, to becoming a Catholic.
The program consists of two phases, that of inquiry and that of a catechumen.
The first phase (inquiry) is a time for questions. Set in an open atmosphere, this stage allows for the investigation of the Catholic Church: what Catholics believe, the sacraments and other matters of interest to anyone embarked on a faith journey.
The second phase (that of a catechumen) is a time of commitment. As a catechumen, and after discernment, the individual, together with others who have made a similar decision, proceeds along a spiritual path which leads toward baptism, communion, and confirmation. At this point, the focus is on various elements of Christian theology and experience: prayer, the Holy Scriptures, the sacraments, the Mass, and the Catholic life.
Although the program tends to begin in the fall, people interested are welcome at any time. There is no time limit, as each faith journey is personal. Anyone who wants to join can contact Sister Virginia at the Good Shepherd Parish Office.
For more information, please contact Sister Virginia Stehly, C. S. J., Director, RCIA and Adult Confirmation at (310) 285-5425.