2014-2015 RCIA Process

  

Weekly Catechesis:

Tuesday evenings 7pm to 9pm - during school session
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Student Center – Upper Room unless noted (1520 Euclid Ave., Boulder)

Breaking Open the Word:

Sunday evenings 6pm to 7pm – starting on December 7th during school session
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church ( 998 14th St., Boulder)

Special Rites:

Rite of Welcome and Acceptance: Sunday, December 7th 6pm St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Rite of Sending Forth: Sunday, February 22nd at 11am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Rite of Election: Sunday, February 22nd from 4:30pm to 6pm at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Denver

3 Scrutinies for Catechumens Only:

Sunday, March 8th @ 6 pm – St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Sunday, March 15th @ 6 pm – St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
(Tentative) Sunday, March 29th @ 6 pm – St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
*These are followed by Breaking Open of the Word

2 Presentations for Catechumens Only

Presentation of the Creed: Tuesday, March 10th @ 5:10pm - St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Presentation of the Lord's Prayer: Tuesday, March 17th 5:10pm - St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Retreat: TBA – overnight
YMCA of the Rockies

Social: Tuesday December 16th 7pm to 9pm – Advent Party - location TBA
Various optional outings throughout school year - TBA

Service:
*One Service Projects & Pilgrimages a semester, TBA

Catechumens (Unbaptized)  Received:

Saturday, April 4th - 10am rehearsal – St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Saturday, April 4th – 8:30pm to 12am Easter Vigil Mass
Sunday, April 5th - 12:01am – Celebration party after in church hall

Candidates (Baptized) Received: DATE IS CURRENTLY TENTATIVE
TBA – 6:00pm Arrival for all Candidates and Sponsors
TBA -- 7:00/30pm Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church
TBA – Celebration party after in church hall

 

 

RCIA Schedule

Fall Semester

Pre-Catechumenate: Welcome & Introduction to RCIA

Tue, September 9th, 7pm – 8pm Upper Room of Catholic Student Center
The first section of this class will consist of introductions of both staff and participants while the second section will discuss the purpose of RCIA, the schedule, and reasons for why the Church has created such a process. 

Pre-Catechumenate: Why Believe in God and Christianity?

Tue, September 16th, 7pm - 9pm Upper Room of the Catholic Student Center
Sometimes it is easy for us to place the proverbial cart before the horse. In other words, we may be interested in becoming Catholic before we stopped to appreciate the beauty of the necessity of God for life to exist and the historical credibility of the Christian Faith. This information may not be necessary for most people, but it can serve as a wonderful rock in difficult times.

Pre-Catechumenate: Why Be Catholic?

Tue, September 23rd, 7pm – 9pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
The first section of class will discuss Christ's establishment of a visible Church in Scripture, supported by early Church witnesses. The second section will focus on common objections to the Catholic Church being "Christ's Church" along with answers to these objections.

Pre-Catechumenate: Catholic Practicals 101

Tue, September 30th, 7pm – 9pm Upper Room of Catholic Student Center
Why do we genuflect? What is genuflection? What are those little bowls of water when you come into the Church? Why do we make the sign of the cross? How do we make the sign of cross? What is a Rosary? Catholic practicals are indispensable for the Catholic as they express practically the richness of the faith. In other words, the things Catholics do are for a reason. This class will focus on revealing the meaning behind the things Catholics due.

Pre-Catechumenate: What is Prayer?

Tue, October 7th, 7pm – 9pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
Is praying for man or is man for praying? Sometimes we can easily succumb to the temptation to think it is the latter rather than the former. How many times have we forced ourselves to pray in a certain way, thinking by doing so we may achieve a particular end in mind (i.e. a petition granted). We end up reducing God to a circus animal as we probe and prod Him to jump through our hoops through "particular prayers for particular outcomes." This is not prayer or at least it is a far cry from prayer that satisfies the soul. This class will unlock the depth and richness of prayer, restoring the proper order of praying being a pure gift for the human person and not a burden.

Pre-Catechumenate: The Theology of the Mass

Tue, October 14th, 7pm - 9pm Upper Room of Catholic Student Center
Mass is more than a Sunday obligation or at least it ought to be. What is the Mass? What (again) is theology? If theology is the understanding of God, then Mass (if it is a theology) ought to reveal God to ourselves. How does it? Finally, if it is God (Christ particularly) that reveals man (male and female) to him/herself then how might we come to know ourselves better through the Mass?

Pre-Catechumenate: Church Tour and Introduction to Mass

Tue, October 21st, 7pm – 9p Begins at Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
The first section of the class will be held at the Church on 14th and Aurora for a tour of the Church. The second section introduces everyone to the basic elements of the Mass (i.e. how to work through the missal, common prayers, gestures, and structure of Mass).

Pre-Catechumenate: Our Capacity for God & Q&A

Tue, October 28th, 7pm – 9pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
The first section will focus on our unique ability to know and love God as human beings. This will ultimately answer the question of what makes us different from the rest of creation. The second section will address the upcoming feast day of All Saints Day and the commemoration of faithfully departed (All Souls Day). The third section will be open for Q&A over any topics.

Pre-Catechumenate: God's Initiative (Divine Revelation), the Human Response (Faith) & Advent

Tue, November 4th, 7pm – 9pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
The first section of the class will discuss “What is Divine Revelation?” and why it and reason are compatible. In addition, we will speak about why it was necessary for God to communicate Himself for our sake. The second section will focus on our response in faith but not BLIND faith to God's revealing of Himself. In essence, we will explain how the appropriate journey of life is to believe so that one may understand, not necessarily understand so that one may believe. 

The Second section will introduce the upcoming season of Advent

Catechumenate: Mystery of God and Mystery of Trinity

Tue, November 11th, 6pm – 8pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
The first section of class will readdress some of what we spoke of in the pre-catechumenate while going deeper into the mystery of God's nature. The second section of class will transition from God's nature to His plurality of persons trying to make sense of this great mystery. We will ultimately tie all threads together by addressing how this relates to ourselves being made in God's image.

Sponsor Meeting Upper Room of Catholic Student Center

Tue, November 18th, December 3rd, 6pm – 7pm meeting for sponsors only

Catechumenate: Mystery of Creation and Mystery of Sin

Tue, November 18th, 7pm – 9pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
The first section of class will discuss why God created and the original order of creation. In other words we will speak about the original harmony of man to himself/herself, to his/her neighbor, to God, and to the environment. The second section of class will discuss the utter tragedy of the first sin and how it fundamentally ruptured harmony within oneself, with one's neighbor, with God, and with creation. We will focus on how the relationship between man and woman has been compromised, and how the remedy for sin lay ultimately in the hands of God!

Catechumenate: Salvation History, The Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception & Rite of Welcome/Acceptance

Tue, December 2nd, 7pm – 9pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
The first section will briefly revisit the previous RCIA section on the Mystery of Sin to paint an adequate portrait for the need of a redeemer. We will then briefly trace the Old Testament narrative focusing on God's preparation for the redeemer to come from Israel for the world. The second section will address the upcoming Holy Day of Obligation which is the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. The final section go over the structure of this weeks upcoming rite.

Rite of Welcome and Acceptance followed by Breaking Open the Word

Sun, December 7th, 6pm – 8pm Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church -- Second Sunday of Advent
Breaking Open the Word (BOW) is a time where the Candidates and Catechumens reflect more deeply on the Mass readings during the liturgy of the Eucharist at Mass. Since each of you cannot receive communion yet, you will be dismissed after the Homily at the 6:00 pm Mass each Sunday to reflect on the Word of God with a leader. You are asked to be present for each BOW beginning at the Rite of Welcome and Acceptance until Easter.

Breaking Open the Word

Sun, December 7th, 6pm – 7pm  St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Second Sunday in Advent

Catechumenate: The Incarnation of Christ & The Life of Christ

Tue, December 9th, 7pm – 9pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
The first section will address the actual event of redemption which begins at the incarnation which is when God becomes man in Jesus Christ. We will focus on the dual natures of Christ in relationship to his personhood, along with reasons why Christ had to be fully human and divine for our sake. The second section of class will examine Christ's life and ministry through the Scriptures. Christ is not only our redeemer but He is also our exemplar. Thus, by understanding the way he lived we understand more fully how we ought to live.

Breaking Open the Word

Sun, December 14th, 6pm – 7pm St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Third Sunday in Advent

Advent Party

Tue, December 16th, 7pm – 9pm
Where TBA
A time to get away from formal class!

 

 

Spring Semester

Catechumenate: Christ's Death, Resurrection, and Ascension

Tue, January 13th, 7pm-9pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center 
This class will continue the discussion of Christ's as we now look at the salvific significances of his death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. As we dive into these mysteries of Christ, we will be focusing on Christ's words that express his continued presence on earth even after his ascension through the sending of the Holy Spirit expressed formally through His established Church. The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts will be the centerpiece for this discussion.

Breaking Open the Word

Sun, January 18th, 6pm – 7pm St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Sponser Meeting 

Tues, January 20th, 6pm -- 7pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
A mandatory meeting for Sponsors to discuss logistics.

The Holy Spirit & the Mystery of the Church

Tues, January 20th, February 4th, 7pm – 9pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
The first section of class will discuss the Holy Spirit in its relationship to both Christ and the Church. As the soul is the life-force of the body so is the Holy Spirit the life-force of the Church. It is precisely in this life-giving power that the Church calls each and everyone of us to holiness. The second section of class will center around what the Church actually is as a divine and human institution. The third section of class will focus on and unpack the four pillars of the Church: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.

Breaking Open the Word

Sun, January 25th, 6pm – 7pm St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Something About Mary

Tue, January 27th, 7pm – 9pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
This class will speak about the similarities between the Church and Mary. We will also discuss the dogmas of Mary, common objections made by non-Catholic Christians along with responses to those objections. In addition, we will talk about particular devotions to Mary.

Breaking Open the Word

Sun, February 1st, 6pm – 7pm St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Intercession of Saints and Four Last Things

Tue, February 3rd, 7pm – 9pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
The first section will dovetail of the previous class as we will address the larger spectrum of devotion to Mary which is the communion of saints. Here we will address the Catholic belief in the intercessory power of pray on behalf of those who have gone before us and are now in heaven. Again, we will discuss common objections made by many non-Catholic Christians along appropriate responses. The second section of this class will close of the “Creed Pillar” as we speak about Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. The Catholic doctrines of Justification and Purgatory will be readdressed and defended in this section.

Breaking Open the Word

Sun, February 8th, 6pm – 7pm St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

What is a Sacrament, Lent, and Q&A

Tue, February 10th, 7pm – 9pm Upper room of Catholic Center
The first section will offer a short introduction to the seven sacraments of the Church focusing on what a sacrament actual is and its biblical foundations. The second section will be about the upcoming season of Lent and what means for the Christian, especially for those in RCIA since Lent was initially for the candidates and catechumens of RCIA. We will discuss such things as fasting, abstaining, and things to give up for Lent.

Breaking Open the Word

Sun, February 15th, 6pm – 7pm St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Sponser Meeting 

Tues, February 17th, 6pm -- 7pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
A mandatory meeting for Sponsors to discuss logistics.

Sacrament of Marriage and Human Sexuality

Tue, February 17th, 7pm – 9pm Upper room of Catholic Center
The first section of class will begin with an introduction to the Sacrament of Marriage. While most lessons on sacraments begin with the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation), this method focuses on the element that binds all the sacraments together which is betrothal love. This is why we begin with the sacrament of Marriage. The second section will address some of the most contentious issues surrounding ethics: Human Sexuality. The purpose of this section is to clarify and understand the reasons for why the Church believes what she believes about the moral norms guiding sexuality.

Rite of Sending

Sun, February 22nd, 11am St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Breaking Open the Word

Sun, February 22nd, 11am St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

RCIA Brunch

Sun, February 22nd, 12pm-1:30pm Church Hall and Kitchen 

Rite of Election

Sun, February 22nd, 4:30pm-6pm Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

Sacrament of Holy Orders and How to Make a Good Confession

Tues, February 24th, 7pm – 9pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
The first section will discuss the Sacrament of Holy Orders, commonly referred to as the Priesthood. We will look at its biblical foundation, its historical heritage, and define the hierarchy of the Church from within the Priesthood. We will also address the topic of women in the Priesthood. The Second Section will explain how one can make a good confession.

Breaking Open the Word

Sun, March 1st, 6pm-7:30pm St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Sponser Meeting 

Tue, March 3rd, 6pm -- 7pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
A mandatory meeting for Sponsors to discuss logistics.

Sacraments of Initiation

Tue, March 3rd, 7:00pm – 9:00pm St. Thomas Aquinas Student Center 
The first section will introduce the Sacraments of Initiation, examining them one at time and offering biblical foundations as well as articulating the unique graces each of the sacraments afford the believer.

First Scrutiny and Breaking Open the Word: For Catechumens/Elect only

Sun, March 8th, 6pm-7:30pm St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Presentation of Creed

Tue, March 10th, 5:10pm – 6:00pm St. Thomas Aquinas Student Center 

The Sacraments of Healing

Tue, March 10th, 7pm – 9pm Upper room of Catholic Student Center
This class will focus on the Sacraments of Healing which are Confession and the Anointing of the Sick. Like the previous section, we will observe their respective biblical foundations and the grace they offer to the Christian.

RCIA Retreat
TBD
Location: YMCA of the Rockies 

Second Scrutiny and Breaking Open the Word: For Catechumens/Elect only

Sun, March 15th, 6pm – 7:30pm St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Presentation of the Lord's prayer

Tue, March 17th, 5:10pm – 6:00pm St. Thomas Aquinas Student Center 

Made for More: Living for Virtue 

Tue, March 17th, 7pm – 9pm Upper Room of Catholic Student Center 
This class will directly build upon the previous week’s class. If the Church truly is the protector of all that is true, good, and beautiful regarding faith and morals, then it is the Church that we look to to discover what it means to be authentically human! In other words, it is the Church's mission to remind and call each and every person to the fact that we are all "made for more"; we are made for virtue! The entire class will be dedicated to learning what it means to live a virtuous life. We will examine the moral life through the lens of virtue. In other words, we will attempt to shy away from what we ought NOT to do, and focus more on what we OUGHT to do.

(Tentative) Third Scrutiny and Breaking Open the Word: For Catechumens/Elect only

Sun, March 29th, 6pm – 7:30pm St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

The Virtue-Driven Life: The Ten Commandments

Tue, March 31st, 7pm – 9pm Upper Room of Catholic Student Center 
This last class will continue from last week’s class as we begin to tread into deeper waters with the Virtue Driven Life through the lens of the Ten Commandments.

Easter Vigil Rehearsal

Sat, April 4th, 10am – 11:30am St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church 

Easter Vigil

Sat, April 4th, 8:30pm – Midnight St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Easter Vigil Party 

Sat, April 5th, Midnight – 1:30 a.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Hall

Rehearsal for Candidates 

Tues, April 7th, 7pm – 8pm, Upper Room of Catholic Student Center

Confirmation and Full Communion Rite 

TBA- St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

Reception/Celebration

TBA –  St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Hall

Mystagogia: Game Night 

Tues, April 14th, 7pm - 9pm Upper Room of Catholic Student Center

Mystagogia: Now What?

Tues, April 21st, 7pm - 9pm Upper Room of Catholic Student Center