Whether you are simply curious to learn more about the Catholic faith, or seriously considering joining the Catholic Church, we are here to accompany you on your journey. To become a member of the Catholic Church, individuals receive the three Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
Individuals are prepared for these Sacraments through the process of Adult Initiation called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The RCIA is spiritual formation process in which those new to the Catholic faith are formed and guided throughout the year. These newcomers then receive the Sacraments of Initiation during the Easter celebration.
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Contact the Parish Office to discuss your interest and answer any questions you might have before you begin the process of becoming Catholic, or simply learning more about Catholicism.
If you decide to move forward, you'll begin to meet regularly for an initial period of sessions called Inquiry. It's a period of questioning. What exactly is faith? Who is Jesus? Why do Catholics....? What are the Sacraments?
As you move forward, RCIA meets on a weekly basis for prayer, discussion and community building. It is led by a group of faithful parishioners who volunteer their time to guide RCIA candidates (baptized persons from another faith tradition) and catechumens (unbaptized persons) through their journey of faith.
If you are interested in learning more about Catholicism or becoming Catholic, contact the Parish Office at 847-446-0856.
Who Is RCIA For?
Those who are unsure or questioning, and have never been baptized (known as Catechumens). People come to the RCIA process with a variety of feelings. Some individuals come to sessions fully committed and ready to be baptized! Others are hesitant. And still, others want to ask as many questions as possible before making the decision to become Catholic. For that reason, the RCIA process is a journey of discernment. Divine Mercy Parish is here to help you along the way. If you are unsure if RCIA is a good fit for you, please know that we welcome those who are still questioning and exploring. If, along the way, you decide that it is not right for you, it’s okay—that is part of discernment.
Adults Baptized in another Christian faith, who wish to become Catholic (known as Candidates). These are individuals who want to learn more about the Catholic faith, and have baptized in another Christian tradition. This is often the case for those individuals who plan to marry a Catholic, or are already married to a Catholic and possible have children that are being raised Catholic. The RCIA process is a journey of discernment for these individuals as well, so that they may be guided along their journey and be open to the voice of God in their life.
Baptized Catholics who wish to receive First Communion and/or Confirmation (also referred to as Candidates). These are individuals who never received their First Communion or Confirmation for whatever reason. Again, the RCIA process enables these individuals to be accompanied on their journey to learn more about their Catholic faith, and grow closer to God.
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