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CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY

RCIA

2020-2021 R.C.I.A. Session

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is the process that welcomes you to join the Catholic faith community and introduces you to the beliefs and practices of the Church.  If you are not baptized, the process leads to the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.  If you are Baptized in another Christian tradition, the process invites you to participate fully in the church through the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.  It also prepares you for the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation.

If you are an adult looking to learn more about or to be initiated into the Catholic faith, need to prepare for a missed sacrament, or are a lifelong Catholic looking for a refresher course, then the R.C.I.A. can help.

At each R.C.I.A. session we spend time answering your questions about the Catholic faith, reviewing the Scripture readings from Mass, and discussing the current chapter in our book.  The most important element is getting your questions about the Catholic faith answered.  The next R.C.I.A. session meets from September 2020 through Easter 2021.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Mike James, Pastoral Associate, at [email protected].

The 2020-2021 R.C.I.A. Session will start online on Sunday September 20, 2020 from 11:30am-12:30pm via a www.Zoom.us Meeting and continue each Sunday afterwards at the same time.  Meeting details will be emailed to all class members.

 

2020-2021 R.C.I.A. Important Dates

1.  Sunday February 21, 2021 - Rite of Election (with Sponsors) - Church of the Nativity

2.  Saturday April 3, 2021 - Easter Vigil (with Sponsors) - Church of the Nativity.  Please arrive at 6:30pm with your Sponsors to be seated properly.  The Easter Vigil will start at 7:30pm and last about  1 1/2 hours.  The dress code for women is to wear white and avoid bare shoulders and short skirts.  For the men, please wear a suit and tie, preferably a black suit and red tie.  Also please wear your masks.

 

R.C.I.A. Class - September 20, 2020

To prepare for our first class please download these handouts and sections from our book, Invitation by Alfred McBride.

1.  R.C.I.A. Class Dates 2020-2021

2.  Invitation 1 - Introduction

3.  Invitation 2 - Contents

4.  Invitation 3 - Preface

5.  Invitation 4 - How to Use Invitation

6.  Invitation 5 - List of Abbreviations

7.  Invitation 6 - Books in the Bible

8.  Invitation - Chapter 1

 

R.C.I.A. Class - September 27, 2020

To prepare for class please download these documents below.  Also please see the email sent to all class members on Friday September 25 at 5:40pm with the NEW log in information for our Zoom Meeting on Sunday as it is different than last week.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Invitation - Chapter 2

 

R.C.I.A. Class - October 4, 2020

To prepare for class please download these documents below.  We will pick up where we left off in Chapter 1 and possibly start Chapter 2.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

R.C.I.A. Class - October 11, 2020

To prepare for class please download these documents below.  We will start on Chapter 2 and possibly get to Chapter 3.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Invitation - Chapter 3

3.  Invitation - Appendix

4.  Invitation - Index

 

R.C.I.A. Class - October 18, 2020

To prepare for class please download this document below.  We will finish Chapter 2 and possibly start Chapter 3.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

R.C.I.A. Class - October 25, 2020

To prepare for class please download these documents below and read the link.  To start the class we will finish our discussion on the creation story in Genesis and talk about the Pope's comments on Civil Unions.  We will then finish Chapter 2.  Also below is a download for Chapter 5, (I know it's slightly out of chapter order), which will answer some of the questions on the Bible from last week.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Genesis Introduction from New American Bible

3.  Genesis Summary from USCCB

4.  Pope Francis' position on same sex Civil Union laws - https://www.ncronline.org/news/people/not-news-pope-francis-has-supported-civil-unions-years

5.  Invitation - Chapter 5

 

R.C.I.A. Class - November 1, 2020

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will talk about All Saints Day and All Souls Day and finish Chapter 2 and possibly start Chapter 3.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - Solemnity of All Saints

2.  All Saints Day / All Souls Day Information Sheet

 

R.C.I.A. Class - November 8, 2020

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will finish answering the questions on infant baptism and Mary and finish Chapter 2.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Catechism of the Catholic Church teaching on Angels

 

R.C.I.A. Class - November 15, 2020

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will skip ahead briefly to Chapter 15 to answer the questions on the 10 Comandments and then pick up with Chapter 3.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Invitation - Chapter 15

3.  Invitation - Chapter 3

 

R.C.I.A. Class - November 22, 2020

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will skip ahead briefly to Chapter 15 to answer the questions on the 10 Comandments and then pick up with Chapter 3.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle A - Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

 

R.C.I.A. Class - November 29, 2020

There is no class on November 29, 2020 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will resume on December 6, 2020 at the regular times.

 

R.C.I.A. Class - December 6, 2020

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will review Advent and the Immaculate Conception and then pick up with Chapter 3.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - 2nd Sunday of Advent

2.  Advent Handout

3.  Invitation - Chapter 3

4.  Invitation - Chapter 22

 

R.C.I.A. Class - December 13, 2020

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will explain Gaudete Sunday and pick up with Chapter 3.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

 

R.C.I.A. Class - December 20, 2020

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will pick up with Chapter 3 and possibly start Chapter 4.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Fourth Sunday of Advent

2.  Invitation - Chapter 4

 

** There will be no class on December 27 or January 3.  We resume on January 10, 2021. **

 

R.C.I.A. Class - January 10, 2021

The new 2021 Zoom Log In information has been emailed to all class members. 

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will talk about the end of the Christmas Season and finish Chapter 4 and start Chapter 5.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - The Baptism of the Lord

2.  Invitation - Chapter 5

 

R.C.I.A. Class - January 17, 2021

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will start Chapter 6 and possibly get to Chapter 7.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Invitation - Chapter 6

3.  Invitation - Chapter 7

 

R.C.I.A. Class - January 24, 2021

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will start Chapter 7 and possibly get to Chapter 8.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Invitation - Chapter 8

 

R.C.I.A. Class - January 31, 2021

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will start Chapter 8 (linked above) and possibly get to Chapter 9.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Invitation - Chapter 9

 

R.C.I.A. Class - February 7, 2021

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will start Chapter 9 (linked above) and possibly get to Chapter 10 (linked below).

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

2.  Invitation - Chapter 10

 

R.C.I.A. Class - February 14, 2021

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will go over the Rite of Election on February 21, do a quick prview of Lent, and finish Chapter 9.

1.  Rite of Election Script

2.  Lent Handout

3.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

R.C.I.A. Class - February 21, 2021

We will meet at the 10:30am mass for the Rite of Election.  Feel free to bring the new script as of 2/20/2021 linked below.  After dismissal from mass we will go over to the grotto at the Nativity School for class.  Remember to dress up, wear a mask, bring a lawnchair, the downloads below, and a pen.  Sponsors are welcome to join us after mass ends. 

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will finish Chapter 9 and possible start Chapter 10.  The rest of the chapters from our book are also linked below.  The Appendix and Index are linked above in the October 11, 2020 class downloads.  Take a look and bring any questions about them to class the next 6 weeks.

RITE OF ELECTION SCRIPT - UPDATED ON FEBRUARY 20, 2021

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - First Sunday of Lent

2.  Invitation - Chapter 11 

3.  Invitation - Chapter 12

4.  Invitation - Chapter 13

5.  Invitation - Chapter 14

6.  Invitation - Chapter 15

7.  Invitation - Chapter 16

8.  Invitation - Chapter 17

9.  Invitation - Chapter 18

10.  Invitation - Chapter 19

11.  Invitation - Chapter 20

12.  Invitation - Chapter 21

13.  Invitation - Chapter 22

14.  Invitation - Chapter 23

15.  Invitation - Chapter 24

16.  Invitation - Chapter 25

17.  Invitation - Chapter 26

 

R.C.I.A. Class - February 28, 2021

We will meet at the 10:30am mass.  After dismissal from mass we will go over to the grotto at the Nativity School for class.  Remember to dress up, wear a mask, bring a lawnchair, the downloads below, and a pen.  Sponsors are welcome to join us after mass ends. 

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will start Chapter 10 and possibly get to Chapter 12.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - 2nd Sunday of Lent

2.  Chapters 10 and 12 are linked above in previous classes

 

R.C.I.A. Class - March 7, 2021

We will meet at the 10:30am mass for the First Scrutiny.  After dismissal from mass we will go over to the grotto at the Nativity School for class.  Remember to dress up, wear a mask, bring a lawnchair, the downloads below, and a pen.  Sponsors are welcome to join us after mass ends for class. 

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will start Chapter 12 and possibly get to Chapter 14.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Third Sunday of Lent

2.  Invitation Chapter 12 is linked above under the February 21, 2021 Class downloads

 

R.C.I.A. Class - March 14, 2021

We will meet at the 10:30am mass for the Second Scrutiny.  After dismissal from mass we will go over to the grotto at the Nativity School for class.  Remember to dress up, wear a mask, bring a lawnchair, the downloads below, and a pen.  Sponsors are welcome to join us after mass ends for class. 

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will go over Chapter 15 and How to Make a Confession.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Fourth Sunday of Lent

2.  Invitation - Chapter 15

3.  USCCB - A Brief Examination of Conscience

4.  USCCB - How To Go To Confession

 

R.C.I.A. Class - March 21, 2021

We will meet at the 10:30am mass for the Third Scrutiny.  After dismissal from mass we will go over to the grotto at the Nativity School for class.  Remember to dress up, wear a mask, bring a lawnchair, the downloads below, and a pen.  Sponsors are welcome to join us after mass ends for class. 

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We will go over the Holy Week documents below and take time to answer any remaining questions about the faith from any of our past chapters or Chapters 17-26.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Fifth Sunday of Lent

2.  Holy Week and the Sacred Tridium 

3.  Holy Week

 

R.C.I.A. Class - March 28, 2021

We will meet at the 10:30am mass.  After dismissal from mass we will go over to the grotto at the Nativity School for class.  At 12 noon we will go back into the church for a Easter Vigil Rehearsal with Fr. Minh until 1pm.  Remember to dress up, wear a mask, bring a lawnchair, the downloads below, and a pen.  Sponsors are welcome to join us after mass ends for class and the rehearsal.

***** ALSO NOTE THAT THE EASTER VIGIL ON SATURDAY APRIL 3 IS NOW SCHEDULED FOR 7:30PM.  PLEASE ARRIVE AT 6:30PM WITH YOUR SPONSORS FOR SEATING.*****

To prepare for class please download the documents below.  We take time to answer any remaining questions about the faith from any of our past chapters or Chapters 17-26.

1.  Scripture Readings - Cycle B - Sixth Sunday of Lent - (Palm Sunday)

 

R.C.I.A. - April 18, 2021

Zoom Check In Meeting - let's talk about your experiences at the Easter Vigil!  After experiencing it what are your thoughts and questions?  Zoom Meeting log in information has been emailed to all class members.

 

R.C.I.A. - May 2, 2021

Join us from 11:30am-12:30pm for a Behind the Scenes Tour of the church and chapel.  We will also explain all of the items used during mass and what they mean.  Sponsors, spouses, and family members are welcome.  We will meet in the Narthex at 11:30pm.

 

R.C.I.A. - May 9, 2021

There will be no class on May 9 due to Mother's Day.  We will resume our Mystagogia Period on May 16 with a Art and Architecture Tour of the Church grounds.

 

R.C.I.A. - May 16, 2021

We continue our Mystagogia Period on May 16 with an Art and Architecture Tour of the Church grounds.  We will discuss the philosophy behind how the church was designed and the history of some of our art pieces.  Sponsors, spouses, and family members are welcome.  We will meet in the Narthex at 11:30pm.

 

R.C.I.A. - May 23, 2021

Our R.C.I.A. Season will come to a close on Pentecost Sunday, May 23.  Join us from 11:30am-12:30pm at the church for a end of the season celebration.  We will talk about the conversion experience, how to become more involved in the ministries of the church, and what is next in the continuing education of a Catholic.

 

Holy Week Pictures

Here is a link to all the pictures from Holy Week, including the Easter Vigil and your sacraments.  They will be available until June 6 to download.  Thanks to Nancy Hearne for taking the pictures.  https://weoneil.box.com/s/vssmlrt0380p64vii88dorpkr5wawipm

2021 Easter Vigil Pictures