Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to look into The Catholic Faith and/or RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Please explore the resources we have to help you in your quest for information on the Catholic Church. If you have questions please don’t hesitate to ask. We want to help you find answers. God bless you on your journey!
Ways to Explore the Teachings of The Catholic Faith
- Contact St. Ann’s Parish Religious Education Office (REO): Jody Garneau at 604-852-5602 ext.227 or byemail
- Contact a parish near you for information about RCIA
- Visit these websites:
- Read about The Catholic Faith: You can purchase a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the official summary of our Faith, available at most major bookstores; or you can view it online in full or as a Compendium from in the Vatican Resource Library.
What if I’m considering becoming a Catholic? If you want to become Catholic, you will participate in a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (sometimes called RCIA or simply Christian initiation). In RCIA, you will learn about the teachings of Jesus as the Catholic Church has taught them faithfully since the time of the apostles. You will learn how to live the faith so as to be more and more transformed into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.
What does initiation into the Catholic Church entail? If you have not been baptized, the Christian initiation process prepares you to become a Catholic Christian by celebrating what we call the sacraments of Christian initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist (Holy Communion).
If you have been baptized in another Christian tradition, the initiation process prepares you to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church by celebrating the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist (Holy Communion).
What if I change my mind? You do not make any commitment or obligation by inquiring about Catholicism or beginning the Christian initiation process. We want you to take the time you need as you think about becoming Catholic and we respect your decision to stop or to say, “not right now” at any time. You always have the free choice to go where your discernment leads you.
We hope this basic information has helped you in your initial inquiry into discovering or rediscovering the Catholic faith. We are here to help you with you find your way home….! St. Ann’s RCIA classes begin in September or October and end in April. Classes are held Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Oh lord, teach me to know and love you truly, with my whole heart, my whole soul, and with all my strength.
Click here for the RCIA Inquirer Form
Click here for the RCIA Follow up Registration Form
Adult Faith Formation
This facet of Religious Education offers opportunities for adults to deepen and strengthen their knowledge of The Catholic Faith – to become more and more aware of what they already possess. It is a response to the Church’s imperative – that we are all called to become saints. Today there are possibly more doctrinally sound Catholic Apologists as ever has been, especially among the lay people. Drawing from this rich resource of apologetics, the Popes’ encyclicals and all the treasures of the Church, St. Ann’s in conjunction with The Vancouver Archdiocese offers adults ongoing opportunities to explore the depths of this wonderful faith.
Some examples of this year’s Adult Formation itinerary:
- The Great Adventure Bible Study
- The Freedom Conference
- John Paul ll’s The Theology of the Body
- The Marriage Work Shop
- The Magisterium of the Church
- Parish Mission
- Eucharistic Miracles Exhibition
- Archdiocesan Congress with guest speakers
- Eucharistic Adoration
- Guest Speakers on specialized topics such as ‘saints’
Look for Adult Faith formation opportunities in the weekly bulletin or call the Parish REO office at 604-852-5602 ext. 227 and talk to Jody about your needs.
“Unless we continue to transform ourselves to the image of Jesus, we remain spiritual children”. Mother Angelica
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