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Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

WHAT is RCIA? 

RCIA is an intensive, 8-month process of learning, conversion and discipleship. In the Catholic Church RCIA is the normal way in which adults who wish to become Catholic are prepared for the sacrament of Baptism. RCIA is also for those adult Catholics who are baptized but who have never received the sacrament of Confirmation and who now desire it. Finally, RCIA is for anyone who wants to learn more about the Catholic Faith. In 8 months we will walk through an overview of the basics of Catholic Christianity, answering questions such as:

 

  • Who is God?
  • What is Original Sin?
  • Who is Jesus Christ?
  • What is the Bible?
  • What are the Sacraments and why do I need them?
  • What is prayer and how do I do it?
  • How is a Christian supposed to live? How am I “saved”?
  • What is the Church and why is there a Pope, bishops, and priests? ……and many more!

 

WHO should join RCIA?

  • Adults, age 18+, seeking Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation (a “catechumen”)
  • Adults who have been baptized but have not received First Communion and/or Confirmation (a “candidate”).
  • Those who have been Baptized in a non-Catholic Christian ecclesial community (Lutheran, Methodist, etc.) but who now wish to become Catholic.
  • Adult Catholics desiring a “refresher course” in the Catholic faith.
  • Anyone else at all who is sincerely interested in learning more about Catholic Christianity.

 

WHEN is RCIA?

All candidates and catechumens, together with their sponsors, will meet regularly starting in the Fall and culminating at Easter time. Details for the 2017/2018 year will be posted soon. 

 

WHY RCIA?

  • Catechumens and candidates will meet and get to know others like themselves. Because of the shared experience of learning and conversion. RCIA is a visible and concrete symbol of the communal nature of Christianity. I am not a Christian alone, but with my brothers and sisters in the Lord. I am nourished by the spiritual energy that arises from contact with others who are walking the same spiritual path.
  • A connection with DMCC parishioners deeply committed and well-trained in the faith is a great aid in the early phases of discipleship.

 

HOW do I join RCIA?

Please fill out the form on this page. Someone from the parish will contact you. 

 

Can I be of any help to the RCIA program at DMCC?

Yes! We need RCIA Hosts to do weekly set-up and tear-down and provide light refreshments; Assistant catechists to be a part of the “Catechetical Team”; Sponsors: Each catechumen and candidate must have a Catholic “sponsor” who is committed to mentoring relationship throughout the RCIA year. Although catechumens and candidates will sometimes appear with sponsors that they have named and provided—a family member or spouse, perhaps—often they are in need of a sponsor and the parish must be committed to providing one.

 Divine Mercy Church address: 139 Mercy Drive

Faribault, MN 55021

Divine Mercy Parish Office phone: 507-334-2266

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Archdiocese

of St. Paul

Parish Office

Father Tschann Ministry Building

4 Second Ave SW

Faribault, MN 55021

Office: 507-334-2266

Fax: 507-334-3895

Emergency: 507-334-8267

Divine Mercy Church

139 Mercy Drive

Faribault, MN 55021

Adoration Chapel

Mother Samuel Building

104 Second Ave SW

Faribault, MN  55021

Immaculate Conception

Only used for school masses

faith formation

Corner of Division St. & 3rd Ave. SW    

Faribault, MN  55021