CCD & RCIA Classes
What is CCD?
The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine was an association established at Rome in 1562 for the purpose of providing religious education. Today CCD refers to a religious education program of the Catholic Church, normally designed for children.
Our Parish CCD Program
St. Boniface & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Students in Grades K-8 who attend public school receive their Faith Formation through our parish CCD program which consists of class study and preparation for the reception of the sacraments. The goal of the parish CCD program is to enable and encourage the students to learn more about their faith. In all things, Mass attendance, service to others and love of neighbor is promoted.
To pay for religious education classes for your child, please click on your parish name below.
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Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, is designed:
- For those individuals who have never been baptized
- For those individuals who want to come into full communion with the Church and deepen their Faith
- For Catholics who have been baptized, but have not yet received Eucharist or Confirmation
Becoming a Catholic is a very profound and joyous experience. Some receive the gift while they are still infants, and over the course of time they grow in recognition of both the enormous grace that has been bestowed upon them and of the dignity and wonder of their identity as Catholics. Others come into the Catholic community while they are older children or adults. In these cases, it is necessary for people to have a grasp of the joyful process by which one becomes a Catholic.
Through stories, rituals, and symbols of the Catholic tradition, seekers are invited to deepen their faith, and celebrate their faith journey with the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation during the Easter Vigil Mass.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a rite of welcome, beginning, and reconnection. It is a faith journey of the community that helps us renew mind, heart, and spirit. The journey is guided by members of the parish who live by the Gospel of Jesus, helping newcomers understand their gifts and how those gifts benefit the community. It is also a personal journey, in which an individual looks at their own relationship with God. As the newcomer discovers Christ, their enthusiasm helps transform the whole parish.
The RCIA program is intended for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. Through God's help participants will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation then, at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully.
Within the RCIA program, the process of initiation is gradual and takes place within the community of the faithful. The rite of initiation is a spiritual journey, and the experience will vary with each individual according to the many forms of God's grace. The program includes time for inquiry and for taking steps as we move along this spiritual pathway together.
- Initial discernment and conversion
- A desire to become Catholic
- Intense preparation for the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation
- Being welcomed into the order of catechumens, or candidates
The spiritual journey of preparation completed, the catechumens and candidates then receive the Christian Sacrament(s) of Initiation, during the Easter Vigil Mass, on Holy Saturday Evening. The entire Parish community becomes responsible for the initiation of adults interested in the Catholic faith, and St. Paul's offers an outstanding program for the Christian Initiation of Adults.
Note: The word catechumenate means "time of serious study" and prepared inquirers become catechumens (those who have not been baptized), or candidates (baptized Christians who have not yet been confirmed as Roman Catholics).
Sept 13 Welcome and Introductions
Sept 20 What is Faith
Sept 27 The Holy Trinity/ Who is Jesus Christ
Oct 4 The Bible/Divine Revelation
Oct 11 Your Prayer life/Catholic Prayer and Practices
Oct 18 The Mass
Oct 25 The Saints
Nov 1 All Saints Day/ Day of Obligation- Mass
Nov 8 Mary
Nov 15 The Church Year/ Places in the Catholic Church
Nov 29 Who Shepherds the Church/ The Church as a Community
Dec 6 Eschatology: The "Last Things"
Dec 9 Rite of Acceptance at Both Parishes
Dec 13 The RCIA Rites/The Sacraments
Dec 20 Baptism/Confirmation
Jan 3 Eucharist
Jan 10 Reconciliation/Anointing of the Sick
Jan 17 Matrimony/Holy Orders
Jan 24 The people of God/ The Early Church
Jan 31 Church History
Feb 7 Christian Moral Living
Feb 14 The Dignity of Life
Feb 21 Consistent Life Ethic/Social Justice
Feb 28 Living Lent
March 7 Election: Saying Yes to Jesus
March 10 Rite of Election- Rosary Cathedral
March 14 Scrutinies : Looking Within
March 21 The Creed
March 28 The Way of the Cross
April 4 The Lord's Prayer
April 11 The Meaning of Holy Week
April 12 & 13 RCIA Retreat
April 18 Holy Thursday
April 19 Good Friday
April 20 The Great Easter Vigil @ St. Boniface
April 25 Reflection on Vigil / Conversion
May 2 TBD
May 9 TBD
May 11 Neophyte Mass @ Rosary Cathedral 5:00 PM