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The Rite of Christian Initiation – R.C.I.A. – is primarily a journey of faith. It is a restoration of the ancient practice of initiation in the church. It is focused on conversion, whereby the candidates (individuals interested in becoming Roman Catholic) enter into an extended period of intellectual formation and life conversion through prayer, study and reflection upon the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. It is a communal journey in which the local church community welcomes the new members in the parish community. The RCIA is not a program but a sacramental process in which candidates are fully initiated into One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic faith. The program meets Sunday’s from 10:50 a.m. to Noon at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall. These are joint sessions with St. Ann’s and St. Joseph’s parishes. All fallen away Catholics, non-Catholics and practicing Catholics who want to learn more about the Catholic faith are invited.