Becoming Christian: A Journey of Faith
Since Jesus invited His first followers to “Come, follow me,” the image of journey has been used to describe Christian discipleship. For each of us faith is a journey marked with moments of conversion along the way…..we move from unbelief to initial faith, from sin to repentance, from isolation to the joy of a loving community, from self-serving to the serving of others.
Faith, conversion, repentance, worship, word, community and service are basic elements found in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The RCIA provides a setting where the journey of faith and moments of conversion can be celebrated within the local Church community. The purpose of the RCIA is literally “the making of Christians,” for as Tertullian wrote in the 4th century: “Christians are made, not born.”
How long does it take?
The RCIA is not a program and it is not a course of study, but rather it is a spiritual journey, an apprenticeship in becoming Christian. Everyone’s journey is unique because everybody’s needs are different, so the time necessary to enter the Church may vary from person to person. There is no fixed timetable for this process.
When does it start?
RCIA at St. Paul is a year round process. You can start whenever you feel called to do so. If you are ready now, just fill out this Inquirer Information Form by clicking here and submit it online. Deacon Nick Schwartz will respond to your inquiry.
I’m not sure what I want to do?
If you think you might like to begin but are still hesitant or if you would just like some more information about the RCIA and/or the Catholic Church, you can email Deacon Nick using the form below or leave a message for him at (859) 371-8051 ext. 240. We invite you to join us on this journey of faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.