"The Church is communio; she is God's communing with men in Christ and hence the communing of men with one another." 

~ Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger ~

what is RCIA?

RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the program of catechesis for individuals who are discerning or have decided to enter as members of the Catholic Church. It's not just a program, but the ancient tradition by which men and women join the Church. Beyond an opportunity for the candidate to get all the answers to their questions about the Church, it is a chance to grow in relationship with Christ and come to a greater understanding of the Christian life God meant for us to live. Even if you're not ready to become Catholic, but want answers, RCIA is a great place to get them. If you have more questions or want to sign up, submit your information on the form below and Brittany Brown (rcialourdes@gmail.com) will be in contact with you!

What is the Catholic Church? 

This would be a hard question for most Catholics to answer, yet it is a question that is often raised. What does the Church claim to be? And what role does she play in the history of humanity? 

The better question may be who is the Catholic Church, for which there are many answers. The Catholic Church is Bride of Christ, the Body of Christ, the community of Christians living so as to be holy, or set apart from the world. The Church was founded by Jesus Christ himself when he died on the cross, and he gave her life at his resurrection. In short, the Church is how Christ chose to continue his mission of salvation after he ascended into heaven. The Church is called to draw humanity back to its Creator, back to love and eternal life. 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 830) states:

“The Church established by Christ on the foundation of the Apostles, possessing the fullness of the means of salvation which he has willed: correct and complete confession of faith, full sacramental life, and ordained ministry in apostolic succession”

She is called to draw humanity back through her ministries, which were given to her by Jesus. She possesses the ministry of seven sacraments which further unite God to His people and He offers this unity to everyone. This is a short and incomplete answer to an excellent question! RCIA is the place to come and better understand Jesus Christ and his bride, the Catholic Church. 

If you are interested in RCIA, please Sign Up for the program and we would love to have you! If you want some more information before signing up, please fill out the Inquiry Form and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible.