RCIA is the abbreviation for "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults". It is the process through which interested adults are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. Both RCIT and RCIC are under this umbrella, where "T" stands for teenagers (age 12 to 17), and "C" stands for children (ages 6 to 11).
The RCIA Group (formerly known as the Catechetical Group) began to serve our parish in 1992. Our service began with a class of no more than 10 students and has been growing ever since. Today, we have a total of 8 RCIA classes running from Monday to Sunday, 1 RCIT class, and 3 RCIC classes which include both teaching in Cantonese and Mandarin. On average, we have about 100 candidates for baptism each year. The number of catechists also grew from only 2 at the beginning to more than 30 now which include both Cantonese and Mandarin speaking catechists. They are all very qualified and devoted Catholics who volunteer their time to spread the Good News of God.
Our RCIA process takes about two years. It is our experience that Chinese catechumens with little or no exposure to the Western culture will need this amount of time to complete the course with sufficient understanding of the fundamentals of Catholic faith. Catechumens are expected to attend class weekly and the lessons will focus on the Bible, Jesus's life and teachings, and the catechism of the Catholic Church.
Our current mandates for RCIA, RCIT, and RCIC are to start new classes in every September and will receive baptism during Easter period. Application forms and details can be obtained at the parish office.
We always welcome active Catholics to join our team of catechists. If you believe God is calling you to help Him to spread the Good News, please approach any of us or contact the parish office. We will be glad to discuss with you and answer any question that you may have. Besides teaching in classes, we are also required to attend bi-monthly RCIA Group meetings, enrichment trainings, formations, and spiritual talks. Our experience shows that teaching faith is quite different from pure academic type of teaching. RCIA is a very challenging, exciting and, most of all, a very rewarding ministry. We look forward to meeting you.
For inquiries, email us: RCIA@SaintAgnesTsao.org