Written by: Ally Luongo, RCIA Coordinator
Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Would you like to be confirmed if you are already Catholic? If so, then RCIA is the right group for you! The Right of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, is the method adults prepare to be fully initiated in the Catholic Church. Each week, a group of students meets on campus to discuss different teachings of the Catholic Church. These weekly meetings serve as instruction prior to receiving the sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church. The three sacraments of initiation are Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation. At PC, a special RCIA mass in which candidates receive these sacraments is held the Sunday after Easter. The Bishop will visit campus and celebrate this special mass.
In addition to the weekly meetings, the RCIA group participates in a retreat each semester. This past fall semester, about 20 RCIA students, and a few volunteers from other Campus Ministry groups, volunteered at the Dream Refugee Center in Providence. At the Dream Center, the volunteers prepared and served Thanksgiving Dinner to refugees from around the world. In addition, they had the opportunity to talk to the refugees and hear their stories. It was amazing to see PC students connecting with people from all over the world, while sharing in one of their first Thanksgiving celebrations. After serving, the RCIA group met on campus and discussed the parallel between Jesus’ suffering and a Refugee’s suffering. One main note in the discussion explored the idea that it is only through suffering that a Refugee has the opportunity to be saved, just as it is only through Jesus’ suffering that we all have the opportunity to be saved.
RCIA is a wonderful way to deepen your Catholic faith and have meaningful conversations about teachings of the Catholic Church. If you are seeking to enter the Catholic Church, know that everyone is welcome! In order to be fully initiated you may have to make up the classes that you missed, but do not worry at all.
This can easily be done and everyone is encouraged to take this opportunity!
If you are interested in getting confirmed (there’s still time!) contact Ally Luongo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by: Ally Luongo, RCIA Coordinator Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Would you like to be confirmed if you are already Catholic? If so, then RCIA is the right group for you! The Right of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, is the method adults prepare to be fully initiated in the Catholic Church. […]MORE