Church of Saint Anthony
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RCIA


What is R.C.I.A?
R.C.I.A (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is primarily a journey of faith:


From the awareness of stirring of faith and curiosity within one’s heart

Through all those stages of asking and seeking;

Through involvement with Christian/Catholic people;

Through hearing the Gospel proclaimed and by faithful reflection and prayer on the Word of God;

Through study and discussion about the Catholic experience;

Through involvement in the works of charity and justice with those already committed to the Catholic way of life;

Through discernment of God’s call for you as individuals;

Through the steps of commitment;

Through the sacrament of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist)

To a life of faith, love and justice lived in communion with Catholics throughout the world.



The Process of RCIA:

  • 1st stage: Inquiry
    Seeker (inquirer) asks hard questions about Christian faith and receive truthful, life-sharing answers from Catholics

  • 2nd stage: Catechumenate
    After inquirer has made decision to continue the conversion journey of faith , he or she will be invited to experience the first rite, Rite of Acceptance. Inquirer will be called Catechumen. Catechumen will journey this stage with Facilitators and church as a community who will pray and support them

  • 3rd stage: Elect
    Catechumen enters into period of purification and enlightenment on his/her final preparation for initiation. The Catholic Church celebrate the entrance of Catechumen into this stage through Rite of Election. The Catechumen will be called Elect.

  • 4th stage: Neophyte
    On the Easter Vigil, the Catholic Church receive Elect into full communion with the whole community through Rite of Baptism. They are called Neophyte, newly baptized.

  • Community
    Through Baptism, Neophyte become part of Catholic community throughout the world. Neophyte will go through a period of Mystagogia ("leading into mystery") while begin the faith journey as Catholic.

Testimonies:

Merry Magdalene (Refresher – RCIA Ephesians 2011-2013)
I was a baptized Catholic for few years without having a personal relationship with God, only came to church for Sunday Eucharist. But things changed when I started to come as a refresher in RCIA process (2011-2013). I learnt a lot during RCIA and rediscovered my faith as a Catholic and why I am still a Catholic. I had the most beautiful community experience in Church of St Anthony. After every retreat, our bonding, our relationship among the facilitators, refreshers and the catechumens grew stronger and deeper. Only then I understand what 'brothers and sisters in Christ' means. For the first time I felt the love from people who were not my own family. In my most difficult times, they prayed for me, cared for me and cried with me. I felt the love of God pouring out to me through them. They made me understand that it is not that the church needs me but it is I, who need the church.

I also learnt a lot about the faith of Catholic through the weekly sessions and the retreats, and realized that there was so much I do not know and there was so much I need to know, and I need to understand them in order to apply them into my life. I believe faith is a gift of God. When we receive this gift, it is our duty to grow, to nurture it. So that it will grow stronger and deeper and it will be no longer only a small little seed but it will grow to a tree that bear good fruits.

"It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another." - Jn 15:16-17


Salome (RCIA Wisdom, baptized 2014)
My RCIA journey - with priest and facilitators to guide and help me - has taught me a lot about trusting God as nothing is impossible. I learnt how to ask God’s help in every situation especially during my RCIA journey where I faced challenges. I overcome the fear of evangelizing as I know that Jesus will always be there for me. My spiritual growth was obtained through reading the Word of God, meditating it and attending daily Eucharist. Thanks to God that I was baptized in 2014.


Dominic (Refresher - RCIA Maccabees 2010-2012)
I was a Catholic who only attended Sunday Eucharist and decided to join RCIA journey to know more about God. The journey has totally change my life, the way I think, the way I deal with people around me or the way I deal with issues. I have truly experience the great joy and real peace at heart like never before.

Joining the RCIA journey is one of the best decision I had ever made in my life.



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Last Updated: 30 Jun 2016