The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is an ongoing formation process by which the faithful can enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. Sessions at St. Tom’s usually begin in September and continue through May, with those in formation being brought into the Church at the Easter Vigil. This year, St. Tom’s has 11 individuals in the process—4 elect (who will be baptized) and 7 candidates (who are already baptized but will receive the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation).
Each Wednesday evening, the elect, candidates, their sponsors, and the team (a total of more than30 people) would gather in the Romero Room for sharing of faith, prayer, and study of scripture and theCatholic Church. In March, they were anointed with the Oil of Catechumens at a Sunday Mass and then attended the Rite of Election at Rosary Cathedral, at which time Bishop Thomas “elected” them to join the Church. They were scheduled to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the
Of course, the pandemic hit, and public Masses were suspended. In turn, electronic meetings using online software and viewing of documentaries at Formed.org replaced the weekly “live” sessions. At this time, the 11 elect and candidates are continuing their formation, waiting for the reopening of public Masses and for the bishop to set a new date for initiation. Please continue to pray for the elect, candidates, sponsors, and team as they prepare for eventual communion with the Church.
In addition, if you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church or being confirmed, you are encouraged to contact Deacon Dan (DeaconDan@sttoms.com) who is the Director of RCIA. St. Tom’s has already begun to sign up new inquirers who will begin the process this September.
Article written by Deacon Dan Brahier
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you”