RCIA

A Journey of Faith for Adults

What is R.C.I.A.?

RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

The RCIA is a process through which adults are fully initiated into the Catholic Church. These can be unbaptized persons, those who have been baptized in another faith tradition, those who have be baptized as Catholic but have not received either First Communion or Confirmation. Men and women may enter the program at any time throughout the year. Upon completion of the catechetical classes involved the Candidates will receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil.

Contact:

Mark Restaino
Director of Youth Ministry & RCIA Coordinator
mrestaino@sjnstcharles.org
630-377-2797 ext. 107

Sr. Carol Stevens
Director of Music & RCIA Coordinator
cstevens@sjnstcharles.org
630-377-2797 ext 10

Alpha

Encounter Jesus for the first time or for a needed boost in faith. Alpha is a great place to explore our Christian faith and the big questions of life. It is designed for those who aren’t as close to Jesus as they want to be or who perhaps have never met Christ and are questioning their faith. We meet each Monday for dinner, a video, and a safe conversation. Alpha begins on Monday, September 30, 6:15pm to 8:00pm. Come to our first night to begin a great adventure! … Are you committed to your faith? Then who in your life needs Alpha?

Our schedule: Monday evenings, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, and 12/9 – along with a special Saturday Alpha during the day on 11/16. There is no cost to participate.

For more information, contact Therese Stahl at tstahl@sjnstcharles.org or (630) 377-2797.

Discipleship Groups

Jesus, the master at evangelization, modeled for us a very specific method for forming disciples. Though His mission was universal, to reach the entire world, He chose to work closely to form an inner circle of twelve through whom He would accomplish that mission. Within that group, he worked even more closely with three. We should be inspired and compelled by this methodology.

Discipleship groups, each led by a group leader, meet regularly in our parishioner’s homes, to study God’s Word and grow closer to Christ and the Church he founded. These are active, dynamic groups, whose members may find they too are called to accompany other disciples.

For more information, contact Therese Stahl (tstahl@sjnstcharles.org or 630-377-2803).

Intercessory Prayer

Underlying the parish’s evangelization efforts is a parish-based intercessory prayer group, praying for our parishioners and for the success of the campaign – creating missionary disciples at St. John Neumann. Any successful evangelizing initiative will only go as far as the intercessory prayer supporting takes it. Intercessory prayer is the flame lifting the hot air balloon off the ground.