“The Right of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)”

The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which non-baptized men and women enter the Catholic Church. It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass. Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism.

Someone baptized in a Christian church may now wish to be a Catholic. A group similar to the Catechumenate receives instruction, guidance, and support. Reception into the church usually also takes place at the Easter Vigil.

Baptized Catholics frequently discover they have yet to “become Catholic”: some who missed essential religious formation may now be eager to continue the growth that all Catholics should experience. Throughout the year, the parish offers series and sessions for such adults.

RCIA is also offered for children of the age of reason and older but not yet adults. Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults:

 Adults interested in learning more about the Catholic faith are invited to contact the parish office at 309-367-4407.

Children’s CCD

Religious education for children grades one through eight who attend a public school meets weekly, on Wednesday evenings during the school year, from 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm at St. Marys.  Attendance at CCD classes is necessary for two years for any person who requests preparation for a sacrament–for example, First Confession, First Communion, Confirmation.

For any questions or to register your child(ren) email Tiffany at faithteacherward@gmail.com.

St. Mary & St. Mary of Lourdes are honored to have an outstanding and vibrant High School Youth Group that is open to all who attend our area high schools. Our Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings at St. Mary of Lourdes from 5:45 pm to approximately 8 pm. There are a variety of social, formation and service activities that are scheduled throughout the year. Each summer, members of the Youth Group participate in a week-long mission trip.

Questions? Contact Chris (309-339-5703), Josh (309-635-8123) or Ileen (igrebner@stmarylourdes.org).

Totus Tuus is a Latin phrase that means “totally yours,” a motto given to us by the Pope Saint John Paul II in describing his dedication to Jesus through Mary. For one week during the summer, we provide Catholic children in grades 1-12 a prayer-filled environment that will help them come closer to Christ through His Mother, Mary.   For more information, contact Tiffany at faithteacherward@gmail.com.

Save the Date! Totus Tuus–June 9-14, 2024 Watch the bulletin for more information!!