Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life. Through Baptism we become children of God; we are made members of Christ; are incorporated into the Church; and come to share in her mission.
Preparation for full reception into the Church takes place as part of our RCIA process. Anyone who has reached the age of reason (7 years old) receives the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil.
RCIA is for everyone who wants to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church. Click here for an article from our bishops on Christian Initiation for Adults. And check out some quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church below.
RCIA at OLMC
Meetings are held once a week from September to the Easter Vigil:
Classes are held once a week and follow the process outlined in the RCIA program
At different stages of the journey candidates are welcomed by - and incorporated into - the parish community
Candidates are received into the Church at the Easter Vigil
Candidates include those who have never been Baptized, or those who have been Baptized (in a Christian church) but have not received Holy Communion or Confirmation
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From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
1275 Christian initiation is accomplished by three sacraments together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life; Confirmation which is its strengthening; and the Eucharist which nourishes the disciple with Christ's Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ.
1277 Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord's will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism.
1278 The essential rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water or pouring water on his head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
1279 The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ.
1280 Baptism imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual sign, the character, which consecrates the baptized person for Christian worship. Because of the character Baptism cannot be repeated (cf. DS 1609 and DS 1624).
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