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 16, 2020 and run through Easter. Because of social distancing, classes are held in the parish hall (in the basement of the church) on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Please use the parking lot door to enter. 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.
Please find below the schedule of classes. The “CCC Paragraph” numbers refer to the paragraphs in the Catechism of the Catholic Church where this material is found.
|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, Liturgy, Sacraments||976-1065, 1066-1199|
|Nov 18||Liturgical year, Church tour, Mass practice|
|Nov 25||NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)|
|Dec 2||Blessed Virgin Mary, Rosary|
|Dec 9||Baptism, Confirmation||1210-1321|
|Dec 16||Eucharist, Orders||1322-1419, 1533-1600|
|Dec 23||NO CLASS|
|Dec 30||NO CLASS|
|Jan 6||Penance, Anointing, Funerals||1420-1532, 1680-1690|
|Jan 13||Marriage, Religious Life||369-373, 1601-1666, 914-933|
|Jan 20||Moral Life, virtues, sin, moral society||1691-1948|
|Jan 27||Prayer, Universal Call to Holiness||2558-2758|
|Feb 3||Our Father, Hail Mary, other prayers, Prepare for Lent||2759-2865|
|Feb 10||Moral Law, grace||1949-2051|
|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||Precepts of the Church, Examination of Conscience, Preparation for Confession||2041-2043|
|Mar 31||Penance Service, Practice|
|Apr 3||Easter Vigil (Saturday)|