Our Religious Education program has an excellent team of catechists that will teach you about the Catholic faith. Together, we will experience great joy when you receive your sacrament of baptism, communion and or confirmation, even your civil marriage co-validation. We will rejoice together when you achieve such a great success.
Our mission of catechesis is supported by contributions obtained through registration. Your contributions underwrite the operating costs for the Religious Education Program in order to accomplish our yearly goals. You need to be registered and contributing for at least six months. To register you will need to bring required documents and your contributions need to be given in full.
Contributions are as follow:
The RCIA classes are on Sundays from 9:00am to 11:00am for 32 weeks with a co-requisite to attend Mass on Sunday after class. The RCIA classes are given weekly in both languages: English and Spanish. Lesson plan calendar is weekly; therefore, if you miss a class you will need to discuss with your catechist for makeup. Absences are limited and need to be excused; otherwise, they may prevent you from receiving your sacraments. Class and Mass attendance are documented. The retreat and rehearsals are required by the program. The ceremony will be during Easter.
Required Documents for Registration:
You need to provide a copy of the following documents:
- Birth certificate if you are not baptized [verification of legal name]
- Baptism certificate if you are baptized (*)
- Marriage Certificate, if married civilly (**)
(*) The participant’s name will appear in the confirmation certificate like it was written on the baptism certificate.
If you are married civilly, in order to receive your sacraments, you will need to co-validate your marriage into the Catholic Church.
(**) If you or your spouse has been married before, there are protocols to follow according to the Metropolitan Tribunal from the Archdiocese that handles those issues relating to marriage, i.e., dispensations and annulments. You need to inform us, at the time of your registration, your personal situation. There are advocates certified by the Archdiocese who will be assisting you in this process. Every case is individual and all information is kept confidential. You will not be able to receive your sacraments until a dispensation or annulment has been approved.
The RCIA program will provide you with your sponsor. This person is in fact living their Catholic faith. This person is someone very special in the Christian life and will walk with you in your journey of encountering Jesus Christ. Therefore, he or she will become someone meaningful in your Christian life that will share their Love for God with you.
“A sponsor needs to be at least sixteen or older, has been confirmed, participates in the blessed Eucharist and lives a life of faith. The sponsor cannot be the mother or the father [C.C.L.874]”
The Religious Education Program works very closely for your personal encounter with Christ in your journey of conversion in the Catholic faith.
Yours in Christ!
Josefina Vazquez, MSW
Directress of Religious Education