Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Anyone interested in becoming a part of this process should call our Pastoral Associate, Pat Piano, at the Rectory at 860-232-8594.
What does someone do who has an interest in becoming a Catholic or knowing more about the Catholic Faith? For the parish of St Timothy, in conformity with the universal church, we have implemented the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. This process seeks to help all those coming to the church from other faith traditions (or no tradition at all) in the following ways.
The church will:
- seek to be attentive to individual questions concerning the faith.
- offer a systematic presentation of the Catholic faith tradition using the liturgical year as its format.
- explore with the candidate the person of Jesus.
- offer opportunities for the candidate to meet the wider faith community with the purpose of coming to know them and feel welcome in that context.
- offer opportunities for the candidate to explore its many faces, i.e., as institution, proclaimer of God’s word, sacrament, servant and gathering of faith community.
A brief history of RCIA
This ancient process was established in the early years of the church. It allowed for a lengthy period of preparation to ensure the unbaptized were sincere and well-grounded in the faith. This preparation was done within the Christian community so that the community could share their faith and give witness to the power of Christ in their lives.
Beginning in the second century, the number of unbaptized persons seeking admission into the church multiplied making it impossible to continue the long preparation. This is when the practice of infant Baptism began. In more recent times those interested in joining the Catholic Church received private instruction from a priest. After WW II the African Catholic Church felt the need for more preparation and revived the ancient process. This was so successful that it was reestablished for the whole church. The US Catholic Church was the last to adopt the process in 1966. Today we have both baptized, but uncatechized (need to be prepared to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation) and unbaptized persons in the process.
Candidates participate in weekly instructional sessions and formally receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil. Anyone interested in becoming a part of this process should call our Pastoral Associate, Pat Piano, at the Rectory at 860-232-8594.