The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the program offered to non-Catholics who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church. Children over the age of 7 also participate in a similar program adapted to their age (RCIC).
Classes begin on September 19, 2018 and run through Easter. Classes are held in the School Library on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend any class, including Catholics who want to learn more about their faith. A list of individual topics for each class will be posted in the bulletin.
Those who want to join the Catholic Church are invited to choose a Catholic sponsor (or godparent) who will assist them through the program. Sponsors are encouraged to attend RCIA classes with their candidates.
For those who will become Catholic, the program concludes at the Easter Vigil when candidates are baptized or, if they are already baptized Christians, make their profession of faith.
Every parishioner is invited to be an ambassador for St. Thomas Parish. You have a critical role, since you may know other persons among your friends or family who should think about becoming Catholic. We need your help to recommend candidates who should take part.
Please find below the schedule of classes.
|Wed||September 19, 2018||Intro, Belief in God|
|Wed||September 26, 2018||Apostolic Tradition, Sacred Scripture, Revelation, Faith|
|Wed||October 3, 2018||Biblical History, Bible Timeline
Overview of the Bible Presentation
Bible Timeline Worksheet
|Wed||October 10, 2018||Trinity, God is Three, God is One|
|Wed||October 17, 2018||God the Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth|
|Wed||October 24, 2018||God the Son|
|Wed||October 31, 2018||NO CLASS (All Saints Mass)|
|Wed||November 7, 2018||God the Son (part 2); God the Holy Spirit; Saints|
|Wed||November 14, 2018||Holy Catholic Church|
|Wed||November 21, 2018||NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)|
|Wed||November 28, 2018||Forgiveness of sins, resurrection of body, judgment, life everlasting|
|Wed||December 5, 2018||Blessed Virgin Mary, Rosary|
|Wed||December 12, 2018||Liturgical Year, Church tour, Mass practice|
|Wed||December 19, 2018||NO CLASS (Parish Penance Service)|
|Wed||January 9, 2019||Liturgy, Sacraments, Sacramentals, Funerals|
|Wed||January 16, 2019||Baptism, Confirmation|
|Wed||January 23, 2019||Eucharist|
|Wed||January 30, 2019||Penance, Anointing|
|Wed||February 6, 2019||Marriage, Orders|
|Wed||February 13, 2019||Moral life: free will, passions, good and evil actions|
|Wed||February 20, 2019||Virtues, sin and vice, Morality in society|
|Wed||February 27, 2019||Prayer, Universal Call to Holiness, Lent|
|Wed||March 6, 2019||NO CLASS (Ash Wed Mass)|
|Wed||March 13, 2019||Moral Law, grace, justification|
|Wed||March 20, 2019||Two Great Commandments, Divine & Natural Law; Commandments 1-3|
|Wed||March 27, 2019||Commandments 4, 5, 7, 8|
|Wed||April 3, 2019||Commandments 6, 9, 10|
|Wed||April 10, 2019||Our Father, Hail Mary, other prayers|
|Wed||April 17, 2019||Penance Service, Practice|
|Sat||April 20, 2019||Easter Vigil|