St. Mary of the Assumption

Adult Formation – RCIA

Class Schedule Gr 1 – 8


RCIA Coordinator:  Mary Eisenhaure

This is the process by which our parish welcomes unbaptized people of all ages to our Catholic Christian faith.  Within this same process people who have been baptized, but are uncatechized, journey with us until they receive the sacraments of initiation – Eucharist and Confirmation – at the Easter Vigil.  Children who have attained the age of reason, about the age of seven, are part of this process, including those who were baptized Catholic as infants but who have received no formation in their faith and have gone beyond the usual age for instruction preparatory to Eucharist. 

Participants reflect on the readings of the liturgy each Sunday with members of the RCIA team who walk with the participants throughout the process.  Special rites and blessings, celebrated with the whole assembly, mark the progress of these participants throughout the year.  

While there are RCIA team members, catechists, sponsors, godparents, and family members to support the participants, the parish community, the assembly of the liturgy, is responsible for the initiation.  The faith and active participation of the assembly provide the spiritual life central to the growth of those we welcome through the RCIA process. 

Parishes welcome new members into the Catholic Church through a process of education, faith sharing, and rituals known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This process includes several stages marked by prayer, study, and discussion. Included in the process are several Rites, which take place within the context of the Mass.

We do not currently offer RCIA education through Saint Anthony Parish. Please see the links below for local RCIA classes:

Archdiocese of Boston RCIA Information

Saint Mary of the Sacred Heart, Hanover MA