RCIA, or the Rite of Christian Initiation For Adults, refers to the period of instruction for adults who are candidates to receive any of the Sacraments of Initiation. It is period of formation consisting of study, prayer and reflection.
The Sacraments of Initiation are:
Holy Eucharist (or First Communion), and
The RCIA process includes several Rites or rituals including:
The Rite of Acceptance
The Candidates' home parish welcomes them into the Community;
The Rite of Election
This service is held at the Cathedral at the Vigil Mass for the 1st Sunday of Lent, and represents the official entry of the Names of those who are to be Baptised into the
Book of Life;
The Three Scrutinies
During these services the Candidates are invited to reflect deeply on their spirituality and their weaknesses; The Scrutinies occur on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent.
The Easter Vigil Mass
The high Point of the RCIA process is the Mass on Holy Saturday Evening. During this Mass each candidate will receive the Sacrament(s) of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and/or Confirmation that the Candidate needs to complete his/her initiation into the Roman Catholic Church.
October 11, 2017 - Classes Begin
November 22, 2017 - No Class -- Thanksgiving
December * 06, 2017 - Practice for Rite of Accptance-OLOL *
* 10, 2017 - Rite of Accptance at OLOL 1PM Mass *
27, 2017 - No Class -- Christmas Break
January 03, 2018 - Classes Resume
February 07, 2018 - 1st Reconciliation OLOL 7PM (Class Time)
14, 2018 - Ash Wednesday - No Class but Go to Mass
* 15, 2018 - Practice for Rite of Election Cathedral 6:30PM *
* 18, 2018 - Rite of Election Cathedral 9:30AM Mass *
March * 04, 2018 - 1st Scrutiny OLOL 1PM Mass *
* 11, 2018 - 2nd Scrutiny OLOL 1PM Mass *
* 18, 2018 - 3rd Scrutiny OLOL 1PM Mass *
21, 2018 - Reconciliation Santa Barbara 6PM
28, 2018 - Chrism Mass Cathedral 6:00PM
29, 2018 - Holy Thursday Mass Washing of Feet-OLOL 7PM Mass
30, 2018 - Good Friday Services-OLOL 3PM Service
* 31, 2018 - Practice for Easter Vigil-OLOL 9AM *
* 31, 2018 - Easter Vigil,Receive Sacraments-OLOL 9PM Mass *
* Astrix indicates that sponsors must attend also.