Wednesday Gatherings (Inquiry)
Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? You’re invited to our Wednesday night gatherings from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. in Room E.
Find out more about what makes us Catholic, why we observe certain practices, and why we do what we do. At the gatherings, you’ll get the true answers to your questions about Catholicism and also learn more about Jesus, Mary, the saints, Catholic spirituality, and how to pray and grow in wisdom.
During this period, you will also get together with the RCIA director to talk about where you’ve been in your faith journey and where you’d like to be. We’ll also go over the RCIA registration form and discuss the different periods in the RCIA process.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process for becoming a Roman Catholic for anyone who has reached third grade or is older than 8 years old. Interested persons gradually become members of the Catholic Church through the RCIA process.
People who are unbaptized, baptized in other faith traditions, or baptized Catholic who never received First Holy Communion or Confirmation may participate in RCIA.
We have separate groups for children, teens, and adults in the RCIA process. We operate on a year-round schedule, so anyone interested can begin the process at any time!
For more information, contact Mary Kay Lamarre at 714-842-3000, ext. 123, or email
Time Period: As long as needed
What Happens: People seeking to learn more about God and the basics of the Catholic faith attend an informal weekly gathering on Wednesday nights. They will have experienced the first beginnings of conversion before taking the first step.
First Step: Acceptance as a catechumen
Time Period: Up to 1 to 2 years or longer
What Happens: Catechumens grow in their relationship with God and their understanding of the Catholic faith. They become familiar with Catholic prayers and practices as well as with the Mass. They participate in the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass then are dismissed before the Liturgy of the Eucharist to feast upon the word of God with a catechist. They also have catechetical sessions after the Mass. In January, we consider whether catechumens are ready for the next step or need more time in the catechumenate.
Second Step: Election
3. PURIFICATION AND ENLIGHTENMENT
Time Period: 40 days of Lent
What Happens: Catechumens prepare to receive the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion. This is an intensive time of personal preparation. Catechumens also participate in special rites, such as penitential rites involving prayers and blessings for them at Mass. This time of preparation culminates with the Third Step.
Third Step: Celebration of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion
Time Period: 50 days of Easter
What Happens: Neophytes (i.e., the newly baptized) can now fully explore what it means to be able to receive communion and fully participate in the sacraments of the Catholic Church. Neophytes also prepare for their first experience of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Thinking about becoming a Catholic or need more information about receiving sacraments of initiation? Contact Mary Kay Lamarre, coordinator for Christian Initiation at (714) 842-3000 ex. 123 or send an email: .