Are You or Is Someone You Know:
  • Interested in learning more about the Catholic faith?
  • Considering becoming a Catholic?
  • A Catholic interested in being Confirmed?

Join us for RCIA!

Our weekly Tuesday evening meetings take place from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in Norton Hall (located down the steps from the parish parking lot). Have questions about the program, or to register, please use this contact form to reach Jonathan Harmon, S.J., RCIA program leader, or call (510)-526-4811 xt129.

 The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for those interested in becoming Catholic, or who have yet to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation, including:
  • Those who desire to be baptized into the Catholic faith
  • Baptized Christians who desire to be received into the Catholic faith
  • Baptized Catholics who desire to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation

The program is divided into four phases to help the inquirer, candidate or catechumen in their Christian formation. Presentations focus on the Catholic Church’s teaching regarding: sacraments, liturgy, social justice, ethics and morality, Mary, the saints, Sacred Scripture, prayer and much more.

Inquiry (Precatechumenate)
This is the period of initial evangelization during which new inquirers are introduced to the person of Jesus Christ, who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). The Inquiry period centers on the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), which present the true “face of the Lord” (Psalm 27:8). This period can last any length of time but usually lasts about two or three months. This period concludes when it is decided that an inquirer is ready to participate in the celebration of the Rite of Acceptance or the Rite of Welcoming.

When one has decided to learn more about the Catholic faith and make a deeper commitment to the process, he or she enters the Catechumenate and becomes either a candidate (one validly baptized in a Christian church) or a catechumen (one preparing for Baptism). This period involves a comprehensive and systematic study of the truths of Catholic doctrine and moral life, based primarily on Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Catechumenate concludes with the celebration of the Rite of Election or the Call to Continuing Conversion.

Purification and Enlightenment
This third period coincides with the season of Lent, a six-week time in which all Catholics reflect on their need for ongoing conversion in preparation for Easter. This time of more intense spiritual preparation is the same in structure as the Catechumenate, culminating at the great Easter Vigil when new Catholics receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist).

The term literally means “deepening in the mysteries.” Once a person receives the Sacraments of Initiation, he or she becomes a full member of the Catholic Church. During the seven weeks from Easter to Pentecost, new Catholics continue to gather and reflect more deeply on the mysteries of the Catholic Faith, especially the Sacraments. They take their first steps as new Catholics, deepening their understanding of the Christian life and prayer and sharing their experience of faith. Mystagogy is a time for maturing faith and greater participation in the life of the Church.

Sessions are held on Tuesdays evenings, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, in Norton Hall (located down the steps from the parish parking lot). It is never too late to come to a meeting. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please email Jonathan Harmon, S.J.

Adult Catholics needing only the Sacrament of Confirmation and those who are fully initiated and simply wish to learn more about the Catholic faith are also welcome, though they may not require the full RCIA process. Much depends on an individual’s background and previous religious education.