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(Mailing Address) 40 Maple Street
(Physical Address) 21 Cherry Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
Ask yourself . . . Are you, or someone you know, not Catholic but would like to learn more about the teachings of the Catholic faith?
Do you have questions about what Catholics believe and how Catholics
practice their faith?
Are you a Catholic adult seeking the
Sacraments of Initiation because
you did not receive them when you were younger?
Have YOU been thinking about becoming a Catholic?
Stages in the RCIA Process
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We invite you to look deeper into the Catholic faith. RCIA is a process which takes place gradually in an open and welcoming environment. It is a journey to learn how to live the Gospel values and the truths of our faith. We hold weekly sessions to share what Catholics believe and the fellowship of our church family through study, prayer, and rites at Masses. Participants are mentored throughout the process by a team of catechists and sponsors.
Each rite is preceded by a period during which the person receives the information needed to fully celebrate the coming rite. The celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation takes place during the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday when the participants receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. Now the person is fully initiated into the Catholic Church.
People involved in the RCIA process are either catechumens (those who have never been baptized) or candidates (those who are baptized in a different faith tradition or baptized Catholics who have not received the Eucharist or been confirmed).