It is a journey of conversion comprised of four stages and Rites, a time of formation, a faith journey, and a time to discuss how Jesus has worked in one’s life.
The format includes prayer and instruction in Catholic traditions and teaching, along with lively discussions. RCIA provides the opportunity for one to come to know Christ personally through the Catholic Christian community.
Catholicism is an entire way of life; therefore, through beautifully crafted teaching and state-of-the-art video, author, speaker and theologian Dr. Edward Sri leads a team of dynamic teachers who provide a clear and comprehensive explanation of the Catholic faith.
The sessions are held on Tuesday evenings, September through Pentecost, in the Parish Hall. We also offer a “Year Round Process” so you may inquire or participate any time throughout the year.
6:30 p.m. Welcome and fellowship
6:45 p.m. Session, including Discussion and Sharing, Q&A
8:45 p.m. Closing Prayer
This is a time for inquiry and introduction to Gospel values—an opportunity for the beginnings of faith.
This is a time for the nurturing and growth of the catechumens’ faith and conversion to God; celebrations of the Word and prayers and blessings are meant to assist the process.
During the Lenten season and immediately preceding the elect’s initiation at the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday, this is a time of reflection, intensely centered on conversion, marked by the celebration of the Scrutinies, Presentations of the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer, and a Retreat.
This is a time during the Easter season that follows the celebration of the Christian Initiation Sacraments at the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday. The newly initiated fully experience being a part of the Catholic Christian community by means of pertinent catechesis. They now participate fully in the Sunday Eucharistic celebrations.
After faithfully attending the RCIA process through Period Three and attending Mass each Sunday, participants will receive the Christian Initiation Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday.
In addition to our Pastor, Rev. Paul Pecchie, the Team consists of a dedicated group of Catholic Christian catechists who have a love of our Lord and a strong desire and passion to share their faith with those exploring the RCIA process.
The Team is eager to travel with you on your Journey of Faith, be there for you to answer your questions, and welcome you in Christian love.
If you are interested in receiving the Sacraments of Christian Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist (Holy Communion), please contact Co-Director Michele Niemier in the parish office at 352-796-2096, ext. 108, or e-mail at AsstSecretary@stantchurch.org.
"I feel more in touch with Christ since I started the RCIA process. It has brought me and my family closer together.”
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“It was an incredible experience and I should have done it sooner.
I enjoyed every minute and feel it taught me so many important things about Jesus and the Catholic faith.”
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"The RCIA process strengthened my beliefs and understandings of what Jesus sacrificed for us.”
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“I felt cared for and supported. The Role of Sponsor is significant; I have a new good friend now who is my sponsor.
Budding relationships with other seekers, hopefully, will develop into lasting friendships.”
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