Becoming Catholic (OCIA)
The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) is a process through which adults learn about the teachings of Jesus as the Catholic Church has handed them on and put these teachings into practice by living as part of the Catholic community, serving others and praying.
OCIA is for
- Adults age 18 or older
- Those who have never been baptized in any faith
- Those who were baptized in another Christian faith
- Baptized Catholics who have never received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist
- Catholics who wish to further their faith journey by learning more about the teachings of the Church
OCIA has several aspects
Spiritual – They learn new ways of praying, reflect on the Sunday readings, and look into themselves to discover what God is saying to them now.
Educational – Candidates learn what the Catholic Church believes about God, about Jesus, about the Bible, and about what the Church teaches.
Community – Candidates are encouraged to be part of the parish and to attend parish events and celebrations. Their sponsors are representatives of the Catholic community.
Service – In the Bible, Jesus directs us to “love your neighbor as yourself”, and lets us know that “whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.” Following Jesus, OCIA encourages each participant to serve others.
Meeting Day and Time
The group meets most Sundays from 9:30-11:30am, September – Easter.