Interested in Becoming Catholic, or Growing in Your Catholic Faith?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program at St. Anthony is about people on a journey of faith—one that involves the whole Christian community. It’s a program for adults seeking to develop or deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, including:
- Adults wishing to be baptized into the Catholic faith
- Baptized Christian adults wishing to be received into the Catholic faith
- Baptized Catholic adults wishing to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation
- Baptized Catholic adults wishing to learn more about their Catholic faith
The RCIA process is divided into four phases to help the seeker, candidate or catechumen in their Christian formation. Presentations focus on the Catholic Church’s teaching regarding: sacraments, liturgy, social justice, conscience formation and morality, Mary, the saints, sacred scripture, prayer and much more.
Research shows that couples and families benefit from sharing a common belief and practicing their faith together, including going to Church and participating in religious activities. If you’ve ever considered joining the Catholic faith or learning more about our Catholic Church, now is the time.
RCIA sessions are year round. An individual can begin the process at any time. Our sessions are held every Wednesday and begin at 7 pm in our parish office To ask questions or to simply let us know you will be attending Call our Director of Adult Faith Formation Gerlinde Lamer at 503-639-4179 ext. 122 or emailGLamer@satigard.org
Landings: Welcoming Returning Catholics
First, we welcome you. We recognize you are considering a significant step on your spiritual journey. Some see this as a journey back to their spiritual home; others are looking for reconciliation with God and the Church. Whatever your reason for being away, we have missed you and celebrate your desire to take another look.
What can I expect from a Landings program?
You can expect a safe harbor to explore your faith and your future within the Church. In a supportive and confidential setting, you can ask questions, discuss issues and share past and present doubts and difficulties. You can expect an opportunity to be reintroduced to the love of Christ in a no-pressure, open and non-judgmental environment.
Some frequently asked questions by those returning to the Catholic Church
Do I have to go back to confession first, before I go back to Mass?
No, you don’t have to go to Reconciliation first to attend Mass. This can be a very difficult step for the returning Catholic, so you may want to consider an appointment with the priest first. He can direct you through the steps. Also, you may want to attend Landings, since a discussion of Reconciliation is included in the program.
If you have been away from the Church for a very long time and have any serious sins blocking your relationship with God, you should consider the Sacrament of Reconciliation as an initial step.
I am divorced. Am I allowed to return to the Church?
We have people come to Landings who are in need of healing from a divorce. Often the Catholic teaching concerning divorce is misunderstood. Divorce does not remove one from the Church. The Church understands that persons who have gone through divorce have lived through very difficult times in their lives, and there is a need for healing and closure. Our pastoral staff is available to assist you in a variety of ways.
I was baptized but missed my First Communion. What do I need to do?
People come back with all kinds of needs. The Church’s job is to listen and find the best way to serve the people. For some, it is Landings; for others, it might be the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Visit our Becoming Catholic page for more information.
I was raised Catholic, but never confirmed. What do I need to do?
Our parish has an Adult Confirmation program; participants find it highly engaging and rewarding. Others may see Landings as a good place to learn more about the Church. Contact Gerlinde Lamer our Director of Adult Faith Formation (503-639-4179 ext. 122 or GLamer@satigard.org) to determine which program is best for you.