RCIA - Joining the Faith

rciaEach year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands of are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Listed below are some questions and answers about RCIA.

What is Catholic?
Do you know of someone who is searching, and trying to find God? Do you have a friend, neighbor or spouse who has asked questions about the Catholic Faith? Do you know of someone who maybe went to church as a child but has lapsed in the religious practice? Invite them to join us this fall for information sessions about the Catholic Faith. The journey of the RCIA begins with inquiry – asking questions. For more information contact the Parish Office at 317.546.4065

Want to know more?  Click herer to view and download the RCIA Inquiry Flyer and come to the call out meeting:

Wednesday, August 26 at 7pm in the Social Room
OR Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7pm in the Social Room
at the East end of Church

For more info contact Sandra Hartlieb
317-372-5925 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What are the steps of RCIA?
Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church. After a conversation with a priest, or RCIA director, the person, known as an "inquirer," may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen.

Young people sign the Book of the Elect during a 2009 Rite of Election ceremony for catechumens and candidates at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester, N.Y. CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic CourierThe Period of the Catechumenate can last for as long as several years or for a shorter time. It depends on how the person is growing in faith, what questions they encounter along the way, and how God leads them on this journey. During this time, the Catechumens consider what God is saying to them in the Scriptures, what changes in their life they need to make to respond to God's inspiration, and what Baptism in the Catholic Church means. When a Catechumen and the priest and the parish team working with him or her believes the person is ready to make a faith commitment to Jesus in the Catholic Church, the next step is the request for baptism and the celebration of the Rite of Election. Even before the Catechumens are baptized, they have a special relationship to the Church.

The Rite of Election includes the enrollment of names of all the Catechumens seeking baptism at the coming Easter Vigil. Typically, on the first Sunday of Lent, the Catechumens, their sponsors and families gather at the cathedral church. The Catechumens publicly express their desire for baptism to the diocesan bishop. Their names are recorded in a book and they are called the Elect.Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., signs the Book of Elect during the Rite of Election of catechumens and Call to Continuing Conversion of candidates at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in De Pere, Wis., in 2014. CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass

The days of Lent are the final Period of Purification and Enlightenment leading up to the Easter Vigil. Lent is a period of preparation marked by prayer, study, and spiritual direction for the Elect, and prayers for them by the parish communities. The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation takes place during the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday when the Elect receives the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Now the person is fully initiated into the Catholic Church.

As a newly initiated Catholic, they continue their formation and education continue in the Period of the Post Baptismal Catechesis, which is also called Mystagogy. This period continues at least until Pentecost. During the period the newly baptized members reflect on their experiences at the Easter Vigil and continue to learn more about the Scriptures, the Sacraments, and the teachings of the Catholic Church. In addition they reflect on how they will serve Christ and help in the Church's mission and outreach activities.

What is meant when by coming into full communion with the Church?
Norbertine Father Andrew Cribben, pastor of St. Willebrord Church in Green Bay, Wis., places sacred chrism oil on the forehead of Nahidaly Fiscal during the a 2014 Easter Vigil. CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The CompassComing into full communion with the Catholic Church describes the process for entrance into the Catholic Church for already baptized Christians. In most cases, these individuals make a profession of faith but are not baptized again. To prepare for this reception, the people, who are called Candidates, usually participate in a formation program to help them understand and experience the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. Although some preparation may be with Catechumens preparing for baptism, the preparation for Candidates is different since they have already been baptized and committed to Jesus Christ, and many have also been active members of other Christian communities. The Candidates may be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil or at another Sunday during the year depending on pastoral circumstances and readiness of the Candidate.

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Items for the November 26 bulletin are due on Wednesday, November 15, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.


The St. Lawrence Men’s Adoration Group meets the third Sunday of every month from 9 to 10pm in the chapel.

Please join us for an hour of silent prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament. We will meet next on Sunday, November 19


St. Joseph Annual Missals will be available again this year for $2 each. Keep listening to the announcements at Mass.


During the month of November, baskets will be provided in the narthex for your donation of non-perishable food. Items especially needed are pork & beans, peanut butter, jelly, rice, soups, spaghetti & sauce, fruit, tuna & canned meats. This collection also helps to stock our St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Fr. Conen Hall to serve the needy in the Saint Lawrence area during the coming year. If you would like to donate a Thanksgiving turkey or make a monetary donation, please call Rita Huck at (317) 849-1929. Thank you for all donations.


Our Sunday Morning Religious Education and School children will have a nativity display in the narthex this Christmas. Donations of small white LED Christmas lights, brown and green Spanish Moss (for crafts) and animal figurines are needed. Please drop them off in the narthex or at the Parish Office.


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St. Lawrence School’s Library will host its annual Scholastic BOOK FAIR November 30–December 4. Parishioners and the general public are invited and encouraged to attend! This is a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping for books for your children, grandchildren, or other special person. Scholastic Books supplies a “store” of new books and supplies. 


Proceeds (50% of total sales) will be used this year to purchase new classroom and Library/Media resources. The fair will be held in the school Library/Media Center and will be open for sales as follows:


Thursday, November 30 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 1 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m
Sunday, December 3 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Monday, December 4 7:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. ONLY


Please note the SUNDAY hours - Stop in to shop before or after mass and avoid the mall crowds!

Cash, checks, charge cards or debit cards will be accepted. Please enter the school building by the main entrance (Entrance #1) during school hours and by the playground doors (Entrance #5) after school hours. Thanks for your support!

If you are unable to attend in person, you may shop online until December 4th at: scholastic.com/bf/saintlawrence and click on the “shop online” icon. Orders will be shipped to St. Lawrence School – you will be called when they arrive!


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4:30pm every Saturday evening in the Church before 5:00pm mass

8:30am every Sunday in the Chapel before 9:00am mass
1:00pm every Sunday in the Chapel after the noon mass
7:00pm every Monday night in the Chapel
Following daily mass Tuesday-Friday in the Chapel


5:00pm Saturday
9am and 12pm Sunday

6:00pm Sunday Latino Mass


8:15am Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Saturday
5:30pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
7:00pm Thursday (Spanish)


Thursdays: 6:00-6:45pm before the 7:00pm Misa 
4:00-4:45pm before 5:00pm Mass
8:00-8:45am before 9:00am Mass
Sunday: 5:30-5:45pm before 6:00pm mass (español)
First Friday: after the 8:15am Mass


In the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Sunday: After the Noon Mass to 4:00pm
Thursday: After the 8:15am Mass to 4:00pm
Friday: After 8:15am Mass to 3pm
Men's Adoration: 3rd Sunday of the month 9-10pm

COMMUNION SERVICES (In the Blessed Sacrament Chapel)

Except Holy Days and Holidays
6:45am – Monday thru Wednesday & First Friday of Month
8:15am - Thursday
5:30pm – Monday, Wednesday

5:15pm Monday thru Fri - Church Choir Area


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