Rite of Christian Initiation

Rite of Christian Initiation 
"...the Christian initiation of adults begins with their entry into the catechumenate and reaches its culmination in a single celebration of the three Sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist."  Catechism of the Catholic Church - 1233

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and mature teens are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life.  In Canada, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has urged parishes to implement the RCIA program. Its goal is to foster or deepen one's personal conversion to Jesus Christ, to living the gospel proclaimed by Jesus, and to participating in the life of the faith community.

The RCIA at St. Charles provides a structure that incorporates the preaching and teaching of the gospel, prayer, spiritual direction, and catechesis (handing on the tradition of the Church) and personal contact with members of the local parish. The RCIA calls all members of the parish to share their faith with the new members. The parishioners are asked to welcome, support, and pray for these men and women as they journey towards full initiation in the Roman Catholic Church. The parish provides sponsors who act as companions for those who are seeking membership in the Catholic community. There are liturgical celebrations or rites that are celebrated throughout the journey to mark the candidate's spiritual growth and to visibly express the parish's concern and support.

Children who were not baptized as infants or who have not completed the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation are also initiated through an adapted process of this rite, referred to as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC).

Interested persons please contact James Bowman at 204-802-4100 or jamesbowman2010@hotmail.com or the church office   at 204-889-3248. 

St. Charles Catholic Parish
320 St. Charles Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  R3K 1T7
Tel: (204) 889-3248  Fax: (204) 885-1997  Email: stcharls@mts.net