Sacraments for Adults
Preparation to Receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist
Sacraments of Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
The word catholic means universal. It means that there is a visible communion of those who, even though scattered around the whole world, believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the key to understand the mystery of their lives. Whatever your ethnic or religious background, whatever your story, if you happen to live here in Krakow now and are experiencing restlessness of heart, we invite you to explore the Way of Christ. With the English-speaking international Catholic community at St. Giles' we offer a preparation to Baptism and / or Confirmation for adults. It is called catechumenate or RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).
What Is Baptism?
This very first sacrament (a visible, tangible sign of God's invisible, internal action) gives you access to the very life of God the Trinity. Learn more about Baptism from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and watch Bishop Robert Barron's brief explanation of how the Church understands this quintessential sacrament. If you have not been baptized in any Christian community, this program will give you an opportunity to get prepared and be baptized at Easter of 2020. As an adult, you will also receive sacraments of Eucharist (Holy Communion) and Confirmation along with Baptism.
What Is Confirmation?
In this sacrament a person already baptized receives a special strength from God the Holy Spirit to courageously live out their Christian faith. Learn more about Confirmation from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and watch Bishop Robert Barron's brief comments on this important sacrament. If you are a baptized Catholic who have not been confirmed yet or a Christian desiring to join the Catholic Church, this program will prepare you to be confirmed at Pentecost of 2020. During this journey prior to Confirmation the non-Catholic RCIA participants will be received to the full communion with the Catholic Church.
What Is the Schedule?
Registration opens in September and closes on October 6. We will be gathering every Sunday at the 10:30 am English Mass at St. Giles' followed by an hour-long, 12-1pm formation session led by Fr. Lukasz at the Dominican priory (Stolarska 12). The first meeting will take place on October 6. There will be winter break (December 22 - January 5). Easter falls on April 5 (catechumens Baptism), and Pentecost on May 31 (Confirmation, end of the program). Depending on the size of the group and the particular situation of this year's candidates, we may or may not be able to host a weekend out-of-town retreat.
How Do I Sign Up?
Email Fr. Lukasz at [email protected]. Should you have any further questions, do not hesitate to ask him.
If you want to support the work of those preparing adults for the sacraments, make donations through the Dominican Liturgical Center.
The funds received this way will be used to purchase and prepare materials and trips that are fundamental to forming catechumens.