Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA)
The Church has a program called OCIA through which people become Catholic. OCIA stands for The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is a process by which adults who are baptized in another Christian denomination or those who are not yet baptized learn about the Catholic Church. Typically, the program begins in the fall and runs through the winter and spring culminating at the Easter Vigil when they are brought into the Church. The program is an opportunity to learn about the history and teachings of our faith, as well as the meanings of the signs and symbols of Mass. It begins with a period of inquiry wherein participants earn the basics of what Catholics believe and follows them along their spiritual journey.
People are welcome to come with their questions and thoughts to learn about the process to see if it is something they would like to pursue further. If you or someone you know might be interested, have them contact me – I am happy to sit down with them individually or talk by phone to answer questions about joining the Catholic Church.
Father Mark Pavlik