Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The next group of RCIA inquirers will be beginning the process in early August!
If you would like to consider joining this group of inquirers, join us on
Tuesday, August 6, at 7:00pm in the Our Lady of Lourdes Room.
If you are interested, please call the parish office or email Derek Rotty so we can watch for you next week!

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the normal process by which any non-Catholic person comes into full communion with the Catholic Church.  It is a process that is designed to facilitate transformation in people’s minds & hearts.

Easter VigilWe recognize that the Lord is guiding people from many different states in life and many different faith traditions or religions.  No matter the starting point, God wants to bring these people “home” to the Catholic Church.  The St. Mary’s community is blessed to be a part of that process and God’s work!

A person can begin RCIA AT ANY TIME, no matter the season.  The first step is to contact the process director and set up an appointment time.  That meeting is to discuss and discover how our R.C.I.A. team can help you best.  Contact Derek Rotty as soon as possible: 731.668.2596 or derek.rotty@stmarys.tn.org.

During the ministry (school) year, we hold weekly RCIA gatherings on Tuesdays at 7:00pm.  At each gathering, the inquirers and the team pray together, have fellowship, discuss topics, listen to a teaching on some aspect of Catholic doctrine and/or lifestyle, and hear witness stories from parishioners.

The whole RCIA process culminates with the Sacraments of Initiation, usually celebrated at the Easter Vigil Mass in the spring.  The process, however, isn’t over.  Sacraments always signal the beginning of a new life in Christ.  In order to help neophytes (“new lights”) live that new life, we help them get integrated into parish life through discipleship communities.