When an adult wishes to become a full member in the Catholic Church, the procedure that we follow is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA. This process is broken into three major steps.
First is acceptance into the order of Catechumens. In this step, the individuals are taught the doctrine of the Catholic Faith in preparation for the reception of the sacraments at the Easter Vigil. At St. Mary’s, we have RCIA classes on Tuesday nights from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.. The candidates are also dismissed from Mass after the Liturgy of the Word with their leader in order to discuss and pray over the readings for the next Sunday Liturgy.
Second is the Election. In this step, the candidates are presented before the bishop and are officially "enrolled" as ones to be received into the Church. Every first Sunday of Lent at 2:30 p.m. Catechumens come from all over the diocese to declare before the Church their intention to be received into the Church. Also at this time, the newly elected Catechumens undergo the scrutinies during the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of Lent.
Third is the actual reception of the sacraments and welcome into full communion with the universal and local Church. At this stage, those welcomed into the Church are called Neophytes to indicate that they are "newly planted" into the Church.
St. Mary’s has a dedicated team of catechists who walk with the Catechumens through the whole journey until they are fully received by the Church community. Sr. Mary Teresa LaBrake, GNSH, Pastoral Associate leads the team. If interested in attending or helping the team, please call the Cathedral rectory at 393-3930.
The following links will will help you prepare if you have not attended or or not familiar with the Catholic Mass
Mass AttirePlease dress appropriately for Church. Our attire is a sign of respect for the House of God and for ourselves. "To prepare for worthy reception of this sacrament, the faithful should observe the fast required in their Church. Bodily demeanor (gestures, clothing) ought to convey the respect, solemnity, and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest." Catechism 1387
THE ORDER OF MASScan be found at this link; http://usccb.org/romanmissal/order-of-mass.pdf
Perhaps you never went to church before and now
have a tugging feeling that you must do more in
life. Perhaps you had a disagreement or
bad experience with a church official or church
member and have decided to leave, but now feel
less fulfilled than before. Whatever the
reason, it is never to late
change your life. The Church's main
concern is for you, and we want what is best for
your soul! Attending Mass regularly, and
becoming involved in various church activities,
is a wonderful way to make a new commitment to
At Mass, we are given the Body and Blood of Christ to eat and drink - this strengthens our soul with abundant heavenly grace. We believe that we are taking into our bodies the very God who created and saved us!
Through volunteering at church, we are given the opportunity to put into action what Christ asks of us - feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, and bury the dead. There are a variety of ways St. Mary's Cathedral fosters these mandates. To see the various ministries you can be involved in, check out some of the links below.
If you are a Catholic already and wish to come back to church, the first thing to do would be to contact the rectory by email, or call and ask to speak to a priest. You could also attend the Come Home program sponsored by the Diocese of Ogdensburg. Never forget, the Church is here to care for your spiritual needs. Please do not be afraid to get the process of coming back to church started.
If you are not Catholic and wish to become a full member of the Catholic Church, the primary way is to join the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). Sr. Mary Teresa LaBrake, GNSH, leads the group on Tuesday evenings at 7:00. If you are interested in learning more about the process or enrolling for the next offered program, contact us by email, or call the rectory at 315-393-3930.
We look forward to helping you in any way possible with your journey to the Catholic Church. Know that our prayers are continually with you!
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