St. Matthew’s Dorchester and St. Angela’s Mattapan Parishes – with our Pastor, Father Bill Joy – welcome new members into the Catholic Church and into our parish through a process of education, faith sharing, and rituals known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
This process includes several stages marked by prayer, study, and discussion. Included in the process are several Rites, which take place within the context of the Mass.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) describes the RCIA as a process in which participants
“undergo . . . conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments . . . The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism.“
The RCIA is structured over a series of ceremonial steps and periods of learning, and the timing of these may vary for each individual. One may take as much time as he or she needs in the initiation process before becoming ready for full initiation through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.
Initiation within the Church is a journey of conversion that is gradual and ongoing and suited to individual needs. It is a process rather than an educational program and this process takes place within the community of the faithful, the local Church.
Although, the RCIA process can be adapted to meet the specific needs of children and youth; St. Angela’s and St. Matthew’s has in place a designated Religious Education Program for youth and for high school-aged teeners. Click here for parish news and events related to RCIA.
[RELATED: Religious Education Program for youth, First Communion with Mrs. Bernadette Obas 617-298-0080]
[RELATED: Religious Education Program for High School Teens, Confirmation with Mrs. Josette Beaubrun 617-298-0080]