What is the Catholic Church all about?
The TU Newman Center’s RCIA community is a great place to find out! RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, it refers to the process of becoming fully initiated in the Catholic Church as an adult. Whether you want to become Catholic, get confirmed, or just want to learn more about the Faith, there’s no better place to be! R.C.I.A is ordinarily a yearlong introduction to Jesus Christ and His Church. It is an opportunity to grow in faith, worship, and knowledge of the Lord. It culminates with receiving the sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.
As we are here to serve you, the R.C.I.A group meetings are scheduled around your classes and commitments! We can’t wait to meet you and hear your story and accompany you along your walk with the Lord. Please contact our catechist Gerald Murphy at (918) 599-0204 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
If you haven’t been baptized, or you were baptized and raised in another faith, it is part of our mission from Christ to share the full truth and beauty of the Catholic Church with you. The R.C.I.A. journey involves spending time meditating and praying with the Bible and studying the teaching of Christ to discover the fullness of God’s plan for our salvation. If you are interested we would love to share more! Talk to Father Ketterer or catch a Peer Minister after Mass or around campus.
Baptism: Renewal by the Spirit
In the Gospel of Mark when Jesus is baptized in the river Jordan “he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased” (Mk 1:10-11).
This same grace of baptism continues today when God looks upon His newly adopted son or daughter and says, “With you I am well pleased!” If you are interested in being baptized a son or daughter of God let us know! We are here to help you encounter God’s love through this sacrament of new life.
The Eucharist: God With Us
At the Last Supper Jesus “took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me” (Lk 22:19). Our Lord’s command at the Last Supper was observed by the early Church and is fulfilled to this day. Christ deep desire to be with us is not limited by time and space; He continues to come to us today in the Eucharist.
Confirmation: Sealed with the Spirit
The Sacrament of Confirmation perfects the sacrament of Baptism and continues the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to this day. Confirmation brings about a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit that confers the grace to live a mature and public Christian life. Newman provides Confirmation classes on a regular basis to fit your schedule. If you are Catholic and still need to be confirmed reach out to us at any time and we will help you prepare to receive this great sacrament.