Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA is a program designed for:
- adults who have been validly baptized in another Christian denomination and who now want to be received into the Catholic Church;
- adults who have not been baptized as a Christian and would like to become a member of the Catholic Church;
- adults who have not made a commitment to join the Church but who would like more information about the Catholic faith; and
- adults who were baptized in the Catholic Church as children but who have not completed their initiation into the Church and have not received their First Communion and/or the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The RCIA Program is composed of weekly meetings involving presentations on aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices, followed by a discussion.
The program begins in September of each year and runs until the following Easter when those who have completed their initiation are formally adopted as full members of the Church. Participants are asked to consider attending sessions for one or two years after their formal initiation in order to expand their understanding of the faith.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the RCIA program or obtaining information becoming a Catholic should contact Clarice Durnerin at 592-1401.
Religious Education for Children
After School Religious Education
These classes are designed to provide children in Grades K -4 who are not attending a Catholic school with an understanding of their Catholic faith.
These classes take place weekly during the normal school year and are held at the Parish Centre on Wednesday from 3:45pm - 5:00pm.
For more information contact Barbara Shenton (250) 592-7391 (VOICE MAIL 115).
Preparation for First Communion
Children who are in Grade 2 and who wish to make their First Communion are required to attend preparation classes for the Sacrament of Reconciliation which normally takes place early in December and for the Sacrament of Hoy Eucharist which takes in May.
These classes are on Sundays from 10:30am to 11:30am at the Parish Centre generally starting on the second Sunday of October.
Parents of children making heir first confession and receiving Communion are also required to attend 4 sessions between October and May which are designed to help them assist they children in understanding the significance of these two sacraments. These sessions take place on Sundays at the Parish Centre.
Preparation for Confirmation
In the Victoria Diocese, the Sacrament of Confirmation is now administered to children at the same time they receive their First Communion.
Older children who have not been confirmed and who wish to receive this sacrament in May are required to attend preparation classes.
These classes at the Parish Centre generally take place during the spring.
For information on enrollment or details of the sacramental preparation programs, contact Barbara Shenton at 250-592-7391 (VOICE MAIL 115)