(Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

Are You Interested in Becoming a Catholic?                              

Although registration for our RCIA class is closed for this year 2021-2022, we still want to keep you informed that St. Mary’s by the Sea offers classes  every Monday evening from 7:00-8:15pm, from the last week of September to the last week of April. This class is for adults who would like to become a practicing Catholic and receive the sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, and/or Confirmation.

Please be sure to register the following year in August or sooner. We look forward to having you join our Catholic community! Do invite others to come. All parishioners are welcome to register, as well, for renewal and continued learning with us.

·         I was never baptized when I was young, but would now like to learn about the Catholic faith and see if this is for me. Can I attend the course?

Absolutely! After attending this course, you would then receive the Sacrament of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.

·         I was baptized as a Catholic when young, but never received my First Communion or Confirmation. Will I be able to receive these sacraments if I attend these classes?

Yes. Those who were baptized Catholic only will be able to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and/or the Eucharist.

·         I was previously baptized into another Christian faith, but am now seeking full communion with the Catholic Church. Are these classes also for me?

Yes! Persons of another faith are also welcome to participate along with catechumens in the RCIA in the process of learning about the Catholic faith and being formed in that faith. For a baptized Christian, reception into full communion with the Catholic Church involves reception of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and then a Profession of Faith followed by the celebration of Confirmation and the Eucharist.

·         I’ve heard about the Catholic Church and am simply interested. Will these classes help to answer some of the questions I may have?

Yes! You may attend the classes, and at the end of the course decide for yourself if the Catholic Church is for you. Ultimately, it is your decision.