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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

St. Gertrude 2017-2018 Session Nineteen: The Virtues of Hope and Charity

Faith is the theological virtue by which one believes in God. It is by faith that we believe everything God has said and revealed to us and that the Holy Church proposes for our belief.

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St. Gertrude 2017-2018 Session Eighteen: Faith

Faith is the theological virtue by which one believes in God. It is by faith that we believe everything God has said and revealed to us and that the Holy Church proposes for our belief.

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St. Gertrude RCIA 2017-2018 Session Sixteen: Justice

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54 "God, who creates and conserves all things by his Word, provides men with constant evidence of himself in created realities. And furthermore, wishing to open up the way to heavenly salvation - he manifested himself to our first parents from the very beginning." He invited them to intimate communion with himself and clothed them with resplendent grace and justice. --Part 1, Section 1, Chapter 2, Article 1, SubSection 2, Heading 1

St. Gertrude RCIA 2017-2018 Session Fifteen: Prudence

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A virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do the good. Virtue allows the person not only to perform good acts but to give the best of himself. St. Thomas writes that virtue is right reason in action.

St. Gertrude RCIA 2017-2018 Session Fourteen: Law and Freedom

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By the glorious Cross, Jesus Christ has won salvation for all men. He redeemed them from the sin that held them in bondage. "For freedom Christ has set us free" and this truth "has set us free. Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."

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