Become a Catholic – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
If you are curious about the Catholic faith or ever thought about becoming a Catholic, our formation program for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is just for you. Adults from all faith traditions or from no religious background at all are welcome to participate in the RCIA formation program. Sessions are ongoing.
For the unbaptized, the RCIA has four stages. The first is a period of Inquiry. During this stage candidates for baptism are invited to ask questions about the Church, share their own faith experiences, and decide whether they would like to continue or not. The second stage is the Catechumenate, during which the candidate is introduced to liturgy, faith-life, and Tradition. The third stage is the Enlightenment and Purification. This takes place during the Lenten season with intense prayer and study on the part of the individual as well as the parish community. It climaxes at the Easter Vigil with the sacraments of initiation--Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. The fourth and final stage is the Post-Baptismal Catechesis (Mystagogia). This stage continues from Easter to Pentecost and focuses on the mysteries of Christ’s death and resurrection, and helps the newly baptized to develop a deeper understanding of their faith.
Please contact Peter Doane, Coordinator for New Evangelization at Peter.Doane@seas-carmel.org or 317.679.7631 for more information about RCIA.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA formation program prepares adults and children (seven or older) to receive the sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. Are you interested in joining the Catholic Church? We invite you to contact us if you are interested.
There is no commitment required of inquirers. Inquiry sessions typically last one hour or so and will be facilitated by members of the RCIA Team. If you are interested in attending an inquiry session for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), you may contact Peter Doane RCIA Coorindator at Peter.Doane@seas-carmel.org. or you may just come to the session.
When: Wednesday 7:30 - 8:30 PM, ongoing.
Where: Commons, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Carmel, Indiana.
Questions? Please contact Peter Doane at Peter.Doane@seas-carmel.org.
RCIA Formation Program
Our formation program for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is ongoing throughout the year. This program is for those who have expressed an interest in joining the Catholic Church. If you know someone who is showing an interest in becoming Catholic, invite them to join the RCIA formation program. When: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 PM, ongoing.Where: Upper Room, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Carmel, Indiana.Questions? Please contact Peter Doane at Peter.Doane@seas-carmel.org.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults- adapted for children (RCIA for children)
Parents: If you have children who are seven or older and have not received the sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist and you would like them to be prepared to receive these sacraments, please contact email@example.com for information.