The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the program offered to non-Catholics who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church. Children over the age of 7 also participate in a similar program adapted to their age (RCIC).
Classes begin on September 18, 2019 and run through Easter. Classes are held in the School Library on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend any class, including Catholics who want to learn more about their faith. A list of individual topics for each class will be posted in the bulletin.
Those who want to join the Catholic Church are invited to choose a Catholic sponsor (or godparent) who will assist them through the program. Sponsors are encouraged to attend RCIA classes with their candidates.
For those who will become Catholic, the program concludes at the Easter Vigil when candidates are baptized or, if they are already baptized Christians, make their profession of faith.
Every parishioner is invited to be an ambassador for St. Thomas Parish. You have a critical role, since you may know other persons among your friends or family who should think about becoming Catholic. We need your help to recommend candidates who should take part.
|Sept 16||Intro, Belief in God||26-73|
|Sept 23||Apostolic Tradition, Sacred Scripture, Revelation, Faith||74-184|
|Sept 30||Biblical History, Bible Timeline|
Overview | Handout
|Oct 7||Trinity, God is Three, God is One||185-267|
|Oct 14||God the Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth||268-421|
|Oct 21||God the Son||422-486, 512-630|
|Oct 28||God the Son (pt 2); God the Holy Spirit; Saints||631-682, 683-747, 946-962|
|Nov 4||Holy Catholic Church||748-945|
|Nov 11||Forgiveness of sins, resurrection of body, judgment, eternal life||976-1065|
|Nov 18||Liturgical Year, Church tour, Mass practice||1163-1199|
|Nov 25||NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)|
|Dec 2||Blessed Virgin Mary, Rosary||487-511, 963-975|
|Dec 9||Liturgy, Sacraments, Sacramentals||1066-1162, 1667-1679|
|Dec 16||Baptism, Confirmation||1210-1321|
|Dec 23||NO CLASS (Penance Service)|
|Dec 30||NO CLASS|
|Jan 6||Eucharist, Orders||1322-1419, 1536-1600|
|Jan 13||Penance, Anointing, Funerals||1420-1532, 1680-1690|
|Jan 20||Marriage, Religious Life||369-373, 1601-1666, 914-933|
|Jan 27||Moral life: free will, happiness, passions, good/evil acts||1691-1802|
|Feb 3||Virtues, sin and vice, Morality in society||1803-1948|
|Feb 10||Prayer, Universal Call to Holiness, Prepare for Lent||2558-2758|
|Feb 17||Ash Wednesday: NO CLASS|
|Feb 24||Ten & Great Commandments, #1-3; Divine/Natural Law||2052-2195|
|Mar 3||Commandments 4, 5, 7, 8||2196-2330, 2401-2463|
|Mar 10||Commandments 6, 9, 10||2331-2400, 2464-2557|
|Mar 17||Our Father, Hail Mary, other prayers||2759-2865|
|Mar 24||Review, Precepts of the Church||2041-2043|
|Mar 31||Penance Service, Practice|
|Apr 3||Easter Vigil (Saturday)|