RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA)
RCIA is a gradual process by which the Catholic community welcomes, prepares and initiates through Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist new members into the Christian life. Starting point is available anytime throughout the entire year in order to inform and form through presentations, faith sharing, Scripture discussions, prayer and ritual. It is designed for those: not baptized, baptized in the Roman Catholic Church and in need of Eucharist and/or Confirmation, and baptized in another Christian tradition and in need of further instruction and initiation. Please contact the parish office, Director of Christian Formation.
CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR CHILDREN OF CATECHETICAL AGE (CICCA)
The RCIA process is adapted for children who have had little or no previous Christian formation experience. Some are not baptized; others have been baptized in another Christian tradition. The family is directly involved in the preparation of their child for all the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Please complete the Children’s Christian Formation form to register a child for sacramental preparation.
The classes prepare parents for the sacrament of welcoming their infant into the community of Jesus Christ. Parents of children up to age 7 and who are in need of Baptism are instructed on the meaning of baptism and the obligation attached to it. Please contact the parish office well in advance as classes are quarterly. Call the parish office, for more information and to find dates for classes.
RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION
With the positive influence of the parish community, St. Olaf parish welcomes families seeking First Reconciliation and First Communion for their catechetical age baptized children. We assist and reinforce parents in passing on our faith to their children by means of catechesis and ongoing support of Catholic home life. This program is offered in addition to their grade-level faith formation program. Please complete the Children’s Christian Formation form to register a child for sacramental preparation. This program oversees and coordinates sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion for all children of the parish, no matter where they attend school.
Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched by the Holy Spirit to be true witnesses of Christ, challenged to spread and defend their Catholic faith by word and deed. Preparation for Confirmation is a one year program within the Youth Ministry Program of the parish. Formation usually begins between grades 9-11.
Couples planning to marry need to contact the Pastor at least six months prior to the desired wedding date.