The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) is a process for bringing into the Catholic Church both those who have never been baptized (Catechumens) and those who were baptized in a non-Catholic Church (Candidates). OCIA is also way for adult Catholics who have never been confirmed to prepare for that final Sacrament of Initiation.
Catechumens will participate in the Order of Acceptance when they are ready to take the next step of their journey. Candidates, when they are ready, will participate in the Rite of Welcome.
After a period of preparation, our Catechumens will be received into the Roman Catholic Church when they receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil Mass.
Throughout the year, we will celebrate the Order of Reception when our candidates will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church by a profession of faith, and the reception of the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
OCIA is more than a class; it is a gradual introduction to the customs, beliefs, practices, and devotions of Catholicism. Those who participate will be guided by catechists and assisted by sponsors to understand the richness of Catholic worship and teaching as a preparation for making a profession of faith.
We invite anyone who would like to join the Catholic Church or who is curious to understand the teachings and customs of Catholic Church, to participate in our Inquiry Sessions. These informal sessions explore the Catholic faith and provide a chance for questions about the Church and our practices.
For more information about OCIA, please contact the Parish Office at (812) 423-5209.