The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) is the process established for the Universal Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church. The Rite speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey.” Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church he founded, this journey takes place through distinct stages over a period of time suitable to bring about a thorough catechesis, significant experience of the parish community, and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of the Catholic faithful. The OCIA process is a restoration of the ancient catechumenate, arising within the first three centuries following the era of the apostles. It was the early Church’s way of Christianizing the pagan Roman Empire. The Second Vatican Council called for the restoration and use of this venerable and powerful method of initiation for the worldwide Church.
All are welcome to come and learn a deeper understanding of the gift of our Catholic faith!
OCIA meets every Sunday morning following the 9:30am Mass in the St John Evangelist Hall during regular Religious Education classes. If you or someone you know is interested in the Catholic faith, please invite them to attend.