Becoming Catholic or Making a Sacrament as an Adult
OCIA – Order of Christian Initiation of Adults
Have you ever thought about becoming Catholic? Do you want to find out more regarding the Catholic Church and its beliefs? Then OCIA is the perfect place for you to learn more about responding to God’s call and finding answers to all your questions.
The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process by which adults enter into the Catholic Church. This rite dates back to the time of the apostles and the early fathers of the church. The OCIA process was restored after the Second Vatican Council, but did not become widely available in the United States until late in the 1980s.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish extends an invitation primarily to three groups of people to join in its OCIA series:
- Those who have never been Baptized in any faith
- People who were Baptized in another Christian faith
- Baptized Catholics who have never received the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation
If you feel this invitation may be intended for you (or you know of a friend or relative you could pass it along to) please consider responding to this invitation.
Some people ask if attending OCIA is like taking a course or just learning and being taught about things? The answer is absolutely not! Most importantly, OCIA is a period which helps a person figure out what God is saying to him or her at this point in their life. Emphasis is also placed on sharing with others, in a comfortable group setting, his or her faith experience and becoming a part of and feeling welcomed at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. In addition there are also presentations on subjects including the Bible, sacraments, the commandments, personal prayer and Jesus.
The faith community of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church welcomes those who wish to fully join themselves to Christ in the Catholic Church through reception of the sacraments of Baptism (if not previously Baptized), Holy Eucharist and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil.
For more information please call Father Joseph O’Connor or Deacon Bill Dotterer at 315-652-4300 or e-mail us.