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Mary Immaculate Church
2800 Valwood Pkwy
Farmers Branch, TX 75234  
Phone: 972-243-7104
Fax: 972-406-1254

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Becoming Catholic
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
(R.C.I.A)

 

What is RCIA?


What is Required for the RCIA Process? 

 

RCIA Schedule
 

 


Questions? Contact: Beth Crouch    972-243-7104, ext. 46 or email: bethc@maryimmaculatechurch.org
What’s new in RCIA?
 
You may have noticed at the 10:30 a.m. Mass that a new group of Catechumens and Candidates have found a home in the area just by the choir loft in the sanctuary. We hope you will take time to greet them and make them feel welcome, especially if you are very early for Mass and have a moment to come and say hello! Setting a good example by genuflecting before entering your pew (when the red candle at the altar is lit, signifying that Jesus is present in the Tabernacle!) and always being quiet in the moments before Mass begins are great things to do to “show them the way!”

You may notice that we allow them to talk to each other before Mass, but have asked them to quiet down about five or so minutes before Mass begins. In adult RCIA, we do encourage them to quietly ask questions of their team leaders, sponsors, Godparents and family while they are in church, as long as they get there fairly early. They come up with all kinds of questions while they are sitting in the sanctuary, like “what is that?” or “why do we do that?” These are questions that they might not think to ask in a classroom setting. Our Sanctuary is a great teacher, and these adults are often like children with their curiosity about all things Catholic! Help us to help them learn all they can about our wonderful and beautiful faith!

You also might notice that instead of our volunteers or staff carrying the Bible to lead them out of church during the dismissal, one of the Catechumens or Candidates will lead the group. This is in expectation of the day when they will join us at the table of the Lord, and teaches them to acknowledge God as their Lord and Savior in front of others! (Luke 12:9 “But he that denies me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.”)

. . . Also, you might have noticed that the Choir now leads the candidates and Catechumens out with a song of dismissal. Please listen and join in as soon as you feel you have this tune and simple lyrics memorized. Singing them out to go and Break Open the Word of God is another way of welcoming them into our fold. It shows them they are important to our family and that we really care about them when they are away from us!

Finally, our numbers are still growing rapidly in RCIA. If you want to help out or volunteer in adult RCIA, please call Beth in the parish office at extension 46. This past summer we interviewed over 30 potential new candidates and catechumens. Because we did not have enough team members in place to help get them started in the process, over half of them did not come for the start of classes in September.

2013 - 2014

Important Dates

 

Summer Inquiry 

Come and ask Questions!
July 27 -  9:00 AM
August 18 - 9:00 AM
Parish Office



2013 - 2014
Important Dates

Weekly Sessions

Begin September 8 - 8:30 AM
School Library


Rite of Welcome
Sunday, November
10:30AM Mass


Rite of Election

(In the evening TBA)

Rite of Call 

Sunday, March 09
or
Sunday, March 16
First or Second Sunday of Lent

 

The Vigil of Easter 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

 

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