RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) involves preparation for and celebration of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, which manifests the intimate relation of these sacraments to one another. The primary focus of the RCIA is the Christian initiation of unbaptized. The Rite also provides for welcoming non-Catholics seeking full communion with the Church. 
Adults wishing to learn more about the Catholic faith are invited to participate in our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process. Participants begin the RCIA process with an orientation with the Pastor, Fr. Donald Lemay 272-2948. Classes are on Sunday Afternoon 12:30pm in Classrooms A/B & C/D beginning in the fall and those who desire reception of the sacraments are received into the Church at Easter Vigil.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) also includes a component for children and teens seeking preparation for and celebration of Baptism,
For more information call Anita McCabe (804) 864-4712 for more information.
Sunday dismissals are from the 8:45am liturgy beginning after the Rites of Acceptance and Welcome.
There is a registration form and required family orientation prior to the beginning the process.

ADULT CONFIRMATION

The Adult Confirmation Program is for adults who were baptized and raised Catholic and have received First Holy Communion, but were not confirmed. Adults baptized in another Christian denomination who are seeking to become Catholic are properly referred to as candidates for full communion and should read information regarding the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Confirmation enriches the baptized with the strength of the Holy Spirit so that they can be better witness to Christ in word and deed (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC] 1285). Anointed by the Holy Spirit at Confirmation, Christians strengthen their bond with the Church and become better equipped to carry out the Church's mission of love and service.
The Adult Confirmation Program is suggested for St. Edward parishioners who:

  • See the Sacrament of Confirmation
  • Are 18 years of age or older and no longer in high school
  • Were baptized Catholic (a copy of the baptism certificate is required)
  • Have received First Holy Communion
  • Are attending Mass and receiving Communion regularly

Start: Before receiving the sacrament of Confirmation candidates should receive the sacrament of Reconciliation and, where applicable, take the necessary steps to have their marriage recognized by the Church. Receiving the sacrament of Confirmation requires the presence of a sponsor.
Sponsor: The sponsor should be a confirmed Catholic who is actively practicing their faith. Sponsors serve as role models and mentors, helping the candidate to respond to God's call and live the Christian life in the faith community and the world. A parent or spouse may not serve as sponsor.
Preparation: The length of preparation and formation is dependent upon the catechietical needs of the individual. A retreat and sacramental preparation session is scheduled one to two weeks prior to the celebration. Attendance at sessions for RCIA candidates is also recommended. An interview with our pastor, Fr. Don Lemay and completion of appropriate forms is necessary.
For more information contact Anita McCabe (804) 864-4712 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RCIA & the Rite of Full Communion for Children

Are you interested in raising your children Catholic but they haven't been baptized yet or have been baptized in another Christian faith?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) also includes a component for children and teens seeking preparation for and celebration of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, which manifests the intimate relation of these sacraments to one another. The primary focus of the process is the Christian initiation of the unbaptized. The Rite also provides for welcoming non-Catholics seeking full communion with the Church.

Not Baptized? Children and teens wishing to learn more about the Catholic faith are invited to participate in our Rite of Christian Initiation for Children/Youth (RCIC) process. The process for children/teens ages seven or older is called Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC). Participants begin the process with an orientation. Students are placed in Sunday morning or evening religious education classes. Supplemental classes will be schedule throughout the catechetical year. Those who desire baptism are received into the Church at Easter Vigil.

Baptized in another Christian Faith? Children over the age of seven and teens who have been baptized in non-Catholic Christian faith and would like to become Catholic and receive sacraments are invited to participate in the process of preparation called The Rite of Full Communion. Participants are prepared and receive sacraments on selected dates throughout the year. IMPORTANT NOTE: If your child was baptized in another Christian faith and is UNDER the age of 7, there is a different process of bringing the child into the Church. Contact Joan Nelson for details

Navigating all the Church guidelines and procedures for coming into the Church and receiving sacraments can be confusing. Each family has different needs and situations. If you are interested in exploring how to bring your child into the life of the Church, contact Joan Nelson via email or at 804-864-4708 She will help you navigate through the various options available for preparation and initiation.

For more information contact the Director of the Office of Evangelization, Joan Nelson via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 804-864-4708.

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