Becoming Catholic - RCIA
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Pope Francis reminds us that, "Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love. Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are “disciples” and “missionaries,” but rather that we are always “missionary disciples.”...The Samaritan woman became a missionary immediately after speaking with Jesus and many Samaritans come to believe in him “because of the woman’s testimony” (Jn 4:39)... So what are we waiting for? (The Joy of the Gospel, 120).
At St. Patrick's we are in the process of identifying individuals who are:
- curious to learn more about our Catholic faith
- interested in the conversion process (i.e., entering into a discernment process that may/may not lead to becoming fully initiated into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion & Confirmation at the Easter Vigil)
- fully initiated Catholics interested in deepening their own faith by journeying with catechumens and candidates through the catechumenate process which culminates at the Easter Vigil
- interested in being a part of an RCIA Team who act as co-facilitators in journeying with catechumens and sponsors
Adult Faith Formation - Opportunities to grow in our faith!
Listed below are links to help you deepen your prayer life and grow in your spirituality and faith. If you know of anyone who is interested in inquiring about becoming Catholic, contact Brian Hefer for more info. You may also scroll down and read additional info below.
Looking for ways to be transformed into living an extraordinary life? Check out this podcast from Fr. Andrew that uses the three areas of self, others and God to make it possible.
Get to know various religious orders and their spiritualities:
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet & Consociates (St. Paul Province)
Franciscan Poor Clares Sisters (Bloomington)
Get to know Church Teachings:
studyprayserve.com - blog by Fr. Andrew Ricci, includes webcasts of homilies and retreats, insights about weekly readings and inspiration about our faith:
How does someone pray? (audience is Young Adults)
How does someone pray? (audience is Adults) - Practical tips for determining a time, place, format and dealing with distractions.
Fr. Robert Barron - Word on Fire Ministries
The Vatican (Pope Francis)
Local Retreat Opportunities: Franciscan Retreat Center, Prior Lake, MN