Are You Someone or Do You Know Someone Who….

  • Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?

  • Was baptized as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?

  • Has a child in religious education and would like to be part of adult education to receive the sacraments?

  • Has a child in Catholic school and would like to know more about the Catholic faith?

  • OR….is looking for a Catholic 101 refresher course?

Join us Tuesdays, 6:15-8:15 PM beginning on September 3, to embark on a lifelong faith journey and discover the richness of the Catholic faith!  You are welcome to participate in the process with your questions, insights, and your faith story in a warm and accepting setting.  We will have information sessions in the Senior Center of the Ministries and Administration Building on Sunday, August 18 after the 12:15 PM Mass.

 

For information or to meet privately to discuss the Catholic faith, please contact Sarah Fellona at sarah@stjosephcolumbia.org or 803.254.7646, ext. 417

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARE YOU ...Interested in becoming Catholic?

  • A Catholic who wishes to receive Confirmation and/or First Eucharist?

  • Interested in helping someone you know become fully initiated in the Catholic faith?

 

Then RCIA is for you!

RCIA is a process of formation for adults who desire to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.  Weekly presentations from September through the Easter Vigil provide non-Catholics and Catholics lacking the sacraments of 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation, with an understanding of the Catholic faith in order that they may be baptized or make a profession of faith in the Catholic Church.  The sessions foster discussion and encourage people to share their faith stories in an open and welcoming environment.  The goal of the RCIA process is full, conscious, and active participation in an exciting life with Jesus Christ within His Catholic Church. 

STEP 2.  Period of Catechumenate
STEP 1.  Period of Inquiry
STEP 2.  Period of Catechumenate
STEP 3. Period of Purification and Enlightenment
  • Begins with the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens or, for those who are already baptized, the Rite of Welcoming

  • Time of learning the teachings of the Church and beginning to accept Catholic teachings and practices"

  • Sponsors accompany catechumens and candidates on their journey

  • Length of Catechumenate period can vary from person to person

  • Concludes when

    • Catechumens discern that God is calling them to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation)

    • Candidates discern that God is calling them to make a profession of faith in the Catholic Church

  • Begins with Rite of Election

  • Catechumens are now called the Elect

  • Time of intense preparation during Lent to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus at Easter and to receive the Sacraments of Initiation

  • Concludes with a Retreat Day in preparation for receiving the Sacraments

STEP 4. Period of Mystagogia
  • Begins with the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter Season

  • Time of reflection on the commitment made to the Lord, the Church, and the faith community

  • Time of finding a place in the community and getting involved

  • St. Joseph’s RCIA sessions consist of weekly presentations held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. from mid-August to late spring the following year.  The meetings are held in the Ministries and Administration Building in the Gilmore Senior Center at 3512 Devine Street.

If you, or someone you know feels the Holy Spirit is calling you to join the Catholic faith and you wish to join us on this journey or as a Catholic, you wish to renew your Catholic faith, please contact our church office, 803.254.7646.

St. Joseph Catholic Church

3512 Devine Street

Columbia, SC  29205

803.254.7646

Fax: 803.799.7607

www.stjosephcolumbia.org

 

St. Joseph Catholic School

803.254.6736

Fax: 803.540.1913

www.stjosdevine.com

 

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon

Parish Office Hours:

Weekdays:  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Weekends: Closed

Directions to St. Joseph's and Map of Campus