RCIA EVENING OF WELCOME
Thursday, September 20, 7pm
St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr Church
175th Street and 84th Avenue, Tinley Park
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, RCIA, is a process by which participants are joined to Christ’s death, burial and resurrection through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. It is a process for adults who have never been baptized. However, those who have been baptized into other Christian denominations or Catholics who were baptized but have not received Eucharist or Confirmation may join the process. Participants reflect on Scripture and the Tradition and Doctrines of the Catholic Church at weekly gatherings.
Our R.C.I.A. is a combined three-parish [St. Elizabeth Seton, St. George, St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Parish] program and is hosted at each of these participating churches. St. Stephen Parish will host the first seven sessions (Thursdays at 7 PM) from September 20 until the Thursday after Thanksgiving, on November 29. St. Elizabeth Seton Church will then host the group for eight Thursday sessions. On February 21, St. George Church will host the group for the final eight sessions of the program. We will meet nearly every week, with breaks for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc. The adults from our parish are received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 20, 2019.
WHO BECOMES A CATHOLIC TODAY?
... Young people who are engaged to marry Catholics.
At this important time in their lives, young couples wanting to share their faith lives and values.
oung parents expecting their first child or have children starting school.
Young parents often find that this is the time to join a faith community that will help them find God in their lives and establish common religious values in their home.
... People who are baptized either in the Roman Catholic religion or another Christian denomination, but were not formally educated in their religion.
Often they wish to return to their religious roots. The Catholic Church offers to walk with them on this journey.
...People from all backgrounds who are seeking God in their lives as they look more seriously at life and death questions.
HOW DOES A PERSON BECOME A CATHOLIC?
RCIA is the process in which the Church welcomes new members. You are invited to explore this process.
For more information,
please contact Rev. William Corcoran, firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 708-403-0101.