Rcia

Hi Everyone!

I am so excited to be starting RCIA class next monday! I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on things to ask, read ect. I have been doing a lot of studying and reading on my own over the summer so anything that might be helpful would be great! Thanks!!!

Two essentials:
Catechism of the Catholic Church
A Catholic edition of the Bible
PF

That is what I’ve been studing all summer!!

I would then wait to see what materials the RCIA program gives you. You can post what they give you and then we can take it from there.

PF

Congratulations! It is great that you are willing to take this step. Ask any questions you have. RCIA is probably one of the best places to answer your questions, even if you’re just curious about something. You said that you have studied on your own. One book that I have found very informative is Catholicism for Dummies. It has pretty much everything in there.

[quote=looking4answers]Hi Everyone!

I am so excited to be starting RCIA class next monday! I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on things to ask, read ect. I have been doing a lot of studying and reading on my own over the summer so anything that might be helpful would be great! Thanks!!!
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Dear Looking,

Be a SPONGE. Absorb as much information as possible, ask about that which you don’t understand and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.

Richard

[quote=looking4answers]Hi Everyone!

I am so excited to be starting RCIA class next monday! I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on things to ask, read ect. I have been doing a lot of studying and reading on my own over the summer so anything that might be helpful would be great! Thanks!!!
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I’m sorry I am unable to suggest anything helpful…I begin RCIA on Thursday!

We start our RCIA program this Wed, for nearly 20 years I have been instructing in our parish!
I recommend asking questions, and demand satisfactory answers! Make sure your instructors are well grounded in their faith! That doesn’t mean they should have every answer on the tip of their toung but let them get back with you on the hard questions. Above all pray to the Holy Spirit. And know that you and all inquirers are going to be in my prayers
Mike

**congratulatuoins to everyone entering RCIA!!! we’re praying for you all!!! :blessyou: :blessyou: **

Thank you so much for your post! I’d almost forgotten I start RCIA on Thursday!

I might be a bit slow,but what does RCIA stand for?:o

Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults, RCIA is shorthand for the formation process which those who have never been baptized, or those baptized in another Christian denomination who which to become Catholic, as they prepare to receive the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, Eucharist). The formation process includings a class, formal instruction in Catholic doctrine and scripture, and “breaking open the word”, that is, prayer and teaching based on the Sunday lectionary readings which of course come from the bible. There are several periods, each punctuated by certain rites, usually celebrated in Church, often during Mass so that the entire congregation is involved.

The inquiry period is just that, a chance for Q&A for those still deciding if they want to go through with it, to answer a lot of the basic questions about Mass, the Sacraments, Mary, saints etc. the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of the Catechumenate begins the Catechumenate, or longest period of study and prayer. The rite of election, and the beginning of Lent begins the period of Lent, final intense prayer and preparation for the sacraments and reception into the Church at the Easter Vigil. The final period is Mystagogia, prayerful reflection and study on “what just happened to me” and what it all means, followed by more in-depth study of the faith doctrine and scripture, and hopefully by life-long faith formation and growth. There are also several minor rites, some optional, celebrated during the process.

To all beginning RCIA at this time, Welcome Home!

[quote=Mike Dye]We start our RCIA program this Wed, for nearly 20 years I have been instructing in our parish!
I recommend asking questions, and demand satisfactory answers! Make sure your instructors are well grounded in their faith! That doesn’t mean they should have every answer on the tip of their toung but let them get back with you on the hard questions. Above all pray to the Holy Spirit. And know that you and all inquirers are going to be in my prayers
Mike
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Mike,

Just a question…if we’re beginners at this, then how do we know if we do not get a satisfactory answer? Perhaps you could be our online mentor :slight_smile: Any helpful tips would be greatly appreciated.

Cathy

I’m starting RICA on Wednesday. I can’t wait! Prayers are immensely appreciated.

If you are uncomfortable asking a particular question, wait until after the session and then take aside the instructor to ask. Also, ask anything and discuss anything with your sponsor.

Welcome!!

don’t be afraid to ask ANYTHING!!! everytime my instructor asked if there were any questions he always looked at me :stuck_out_tongue: but it makes for an interesting time :slight_smile: i had alrady read the whole Catechism before RCIA but listening to others just prompted more questions from me and i dearly loved those weekly meetings :slight_smile: God bless all of you in RCIA!

[quote=looking4answers]Hi Everyone!

I am so excited to be starting RCIA class next monday! I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on things to ask, read ect. I have been doing a lot of studying and reading on my own over the summer so anything that might be helpful would be great! Thanks!!!
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The questions to ask are anything that you don’t understand or concerns you.

What is more important though is prayer, both for understanding and acceptance, and for conversion of your heart, which is what the RCIA is really all about. :gopray2:

Peace and the love of God be with you on your journey! :yup:

I start RCIA tomorrow, so prayers a greatly appreciated.

My prayers are with all of you as you start the journey! The Church is blessed to have you! :slight_smile:

thanks, the first meeting went good, was interesting.

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