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RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

Have you thought about becoming Catholic? Do you often wonder why Catholics do things the way they do? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then maybe you are being led to RCIA! RCIA is a process where adults are introduced to the Catholic faith and way of life. Were you baptized Catholic? If so, do you need the Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist or Confirmation? RCIA normally takes 9 months, although it can vary according to personal situations. It includes:
  • The Inquiry Period introduces the interested person to basic information about the Catholic faith and fundamentally communicates the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Inquirers are invited to initial conversion and, although there is no obligation at this time, classes are intended to help them decide whether they would like to continue to learn more about the faith.
  • The Period of the Catechumenate is an extended time in which Catechumens (those not baptized) and Candidates (those validly baptized) are given pastoral formation and guidance aimed at training them in the Christian life.
  • The Period of Purification and Enlightenment, which corresponds with Lent, is intended to increase introspection and coming closer to God. The aim of this period is to eliminate what is weak and sinful and affirm what is holy.
  • The Period of Mystagogy is a special time during Easter in which the neophyte (newly initiated person) deepens their understanding of the mysteries of faith and is more fully immersed in the life of the Church.
Please contact Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. at 513-561-5954, or email him at frgabriel@stgertrude.org, for more information. RCIA Sign Up Webform Click here Latest on top

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-eight: Faith and Reason

As we enter into the post-Easter mystagogy period, we begin our reflection on the gifts of the sacraments and the Christian life by exploring the relationship between faith and reason, and how Jesus gives us himself as the one Truth we approach on the two wings of faith and reason.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-seven: Church History IV

Fr. André-Joseph concludes our tour of Church History with the modern era, beginning with the French Revolution and concluding with the papacy of Francis.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-six: Church History III

In this session, Fr. André-Joseph picks up where Fr. Clement left off in exploring the living history of the presence of Jesus Christ among his people. This talk explores the vexed and troubled 16th and 17th centuries, covering the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-five: Church History II

Fr. Clement continues our tour through Church History with a highlights tour of 500-1500 A.D. Looking at major themes in the life of the Church through this tempestuous era, he explains in brief how the Church gets from the age of the great Councils to the verge of the Reformation.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-four: Church History I

Fr. André-Joseph begins his beloved Church History cycle with this session, covering the first five hundred years of Christ's Body on Earth.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-three: Commandments Nine and Ten

Dave Ledwin returns to conclude our exploration of the commandments and the way the moral life is a path from slavery to vice into freedom for virtue. Following the Catechism's approach to concupiscence, he explains the various ways covetousness sneaks into the human life, and how God desires to set us free from it.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-two: Sacrament of Penance

Fr. Clement discusses what sin is, and the great gift that God gives us to allow the cross of Christ to overcome sin in our lives: the sacrament of penance. Looking at the various ways penance can be understood, he explains what this sacrament means, how to do it, and why it's a gift of joy for the Christian life.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-one: Commandments 5,7, and 8

Fr. Clement explores the what unites these three commandments: the virtue of justice. By explaining what justice is, he shows how the pursuit of God's law is a pursuit of the true freedom of the human person.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Nineteen: The Sixth Commandment II

Andrew and Eleanor Sodergren join the class for a presentation of the nature of marriage, with a particular focus on responsible parenthood and Natural Family Planning.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Eighteen: The Sixth Commandment

Today's session tackles the beautiful and difficult subject of human sexuality: its meaning, its origin, and its morality. Fr. Gabriel presents what the Bible teaches us about the reason for the existence of the sexes, what sex is for, and what that means for our lives.

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