[quote="tperri, post:8, topic:143217"]
Isn't it sad that most RCIA classes start in September. I have a 9 year old grandson that I've been given permission to start the RCIA classes but he has to wait until then. And we are surrounded by JW's who keep trying to convert him to their faith. Unfortunately, they are inlaws, so my daughter can't keep him away from them.
It is sad I agree but, there aren't a great deal of options in most parishes. We had to wait quite a while to start as we came back to Mass in Jan of 2010 but could not start RCIA until Fall of the same year. Now, we are approaching Easter and looking forward to coming into the Church at that time. Parishes only have so many people to go around and are dealing with shoestring budgets, etc. It is simply not going to be possible for a parish to individualize the process with the lack of resources most of them are facing. Furthermore, going through the process as a group can be quite good in many ways. My wife and I have learned a great deal from the questions that our other class members have asked and over the last 7 months or so a strong sense of community has been developed between the candidates/catechumens/elect, the team members, and the sponsors. Some good friendships have been developed as a result also that would not have happened had things been done individually.
One thing you can certainly do is talk to he Pastor and the RCIA coordinator. There are often issues that you need to get taken care of before you can come into the Church completely and they can sometimes take a good deal of time. Annulments, con-validation of marriage, proof of baptism, etc. are all examples of those types of things. From what we were told in our group, Annulments can take up to two years to be resolved sometimes! If you are required to wait until the Fall to start the RCIA program you could at least start working on any of those things which you might have which could slow down your ability to come into the Church. That way, when you DO start RCIA, you will be able to focus on learning the teachings of the Church and your growth as a Christian rather than worrying about taking care of other things which might serve as a distraction.
Also, others have given some good advice when they suggested attending Mass regularly and starting to learn the Faith. Buy a copy of the Catechism and start going through it. That way, when you begin RCIA, you will be able to ask good questions and dig even deeper into the material.
Its a long process anything worth doing often is and this is certainly worth doing correctly.
Good luck and God Bless!