Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Are you a non-Catholic adult who is interested in the Catholic faith? Are you a Catholic adult who has not yet received all three Sacraments of Initiation? Then RCIA is for you! RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a journey of conversion within the living community of faith at St. Theresa’s. Your RCIA journey will culminate in receiving the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. RCIA is for
- adults who have not received the 3 Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion)
- adults who have been baptized Catholic or in another Christian tradition and have not received Confirmation or First Communion
- adults who have been baptized Catholic and have made their First Communion but have not been Confirmed
Adults prepare for initiation through a process of prayer, rituals, and reflection on the word of God and teachings of the Church. This program begins each Fall and continues to initiation at the Easter Vigil. If you are interested in learning about the Catholic faith contact our Pastor, Father David at email@example.com to register.
Descriptions of prayer are abundant throughout Christian history. "True prayer," wrote St. Augustine, "is nothing but love." Prayer should arise from the heart. "Prayer," said St. John Vianney, "is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself.""Everyone of us needs half an hour of prayer each day," remarked St. Francis de Sales, "except when we are busy—then we need an hour." Definitions of prayer are important, but insufficient. There is a huge difference between knowing about prayer and praying. On this issue, the Rule of St. Benedict is clear, "If a man wants to pray, let him go and pray." The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has catholic prayers for every occasion.
Depending on the day of the week, the rosary is centred around four types of Mysteries: Joyful Mysteries (Monday and Saturday); Glorious Mysteries (Sunday and Wednesday); Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday and Friday); and Luminous Mysteries (Thursday). Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation invites you to join in the daily rosary.
Matthew Leonard offers a monthly podcast called The Art of Catholic. It dives into the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Catholic faith and can take your practice of it to the next level.
Dr. Scott Hahn, of the St. Paul Center, offers a weekly podcast called The Road to Emmaus. As a former Protestant, Dr. Hahn understands the deeply biblical roots of every aspect of our faith, and it has been his mission to share this with other Catholics. From the Mass to morality, from spirituality to the sacraments, from doctrines to devotions, The Road to Emmaus explores the riches of our Catholic faith, all while remaining anchored to Scripture.
Bishop Robert Barron offers a weekly podcast called the Word on Fire Show.
The Catholic Television Network live streams and archives Masses and special events.
The Salt + Light Television Network is an award-winning digital network that offers a variety of programs, event coverage, series, documentaries and other hope-filled content. The network is available at a low monthly cost on various cable and satellite carriers in Canada and throughout the world via online streaming and on-demand videos.
Every Catholic adult is responsible for continuing the formation of his/her faith through practices like studying the Bible. You can do this by joining the Bible Study group at St. Theresa's and by pursuing individual Catholic Bible Study online.
Do you become excited and inspired when God through His Word has revealed something to you like a new truth or a deeper understanding? Does this revelation leave you thirsting for more? The St. Theresa's Bible Study group meets once a month, on the 2nd Thursday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. The meeting location is the Kasianchuk home (Cheri & Don) at 14 Gusnowsky Road in St. Andrews. If you are looking to enkindle your heart and set it ablaze with love for God come journey with us as we reflect on the Word of God in Scripture. For more information please contact Don Kasianchuk, phone 204-338-1182 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact the parish office if you are interested in participating in, or leading, a small group in Bible Study. Further resources for studying the Catholic Bible are available at:
The Catholic Biblical Association of Canada offers pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Journeys of St. Paul in Greece and Turkey, etc. for adult Catholics who want to deepen their experience of the Bible by walking in the footsteps of Jesus, Mary, the Apostles, and St. Paul. Contact Catholic Biblical Canada for further information.