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11482 Los Alamitos Blvd, Los Alamitos, CA 90720     Phone (562) 296-9000     Fax (562) 296-9099

 

  • Adult Confirmation
  • Adult Ministry
  • Baptism for Children
  • RCIA

 

Adult Confirmation

Adults baptized as Catholics and who have received communion are confirmed once a year on Pentecost Sunday.

There are preparation sessions scheduled from the first week following Easter until the week preceding Pentecost, approximately 6 sessions.

To enroll for confirmation, a baptismal certificate must be submitted.  If married, a wedding certificate must be submitted also to show marriage in the Catholic Church.

Each adult must have a Confirmation sponsor.  Confirmation sponsors must be over 16years of age, confirmed and practicing Catholics (able to receive communion).  Spouses and parents may not serve as sponsors.

For more information or to enroll in Confirmation preparation, please contact:

Cynthia Dickey
Adult Faith Formation Director
(562) 296-9030
cdickey@sainthedwigparish.org

 

Adult Ministry

Adult Ministry is comprised of a team of individuals who strive to provide educational and enrichment programs for the adults of the parish.   There are monthly presentations, an annual Advent Day of Reflection and a summer event planned each year. The team also helps to promote our annual Parish Mission.

If you are interested in our programs or have ideas to contribute, please contact:

Cynthia Dickey
Adult Faith Formation Director
(562) 296-9030
cdickey@sainthedwigparish.org

 

 

Baptism for Elementary-aged Children

For information please contact:

Cynthia Dickey
Adult Faith Formation Director
(562) 296-9030
cdickey@sainthedwigparish.org

 

RCIA

What is the RCIA?

The RCIA or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process through which anyone over the age of seven is initiated into the Catholic community.

Who is it for?

There are three types of persons for which this process is designed: those who have never been baptized, those who have been baptized in a different Christian faith tradition, and those who have been baptized as Catholics but have not received religious instruction and have not received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

What are the steps of the RCIA process?

The first step is the INQUIRY phase. People interested in joining the Catholic Church spend some time in small group sessions that are tailored to answer their questions about the Church.

The second step is CATECHUMENATE phase.  After spending time inquiring about the Church, those interested are invited to take part in the Rite of Acceptance.  This rite celebrates their desire to be part of the community and a more formal time of study follows.  Catechumens are matched with sponsors who help them undertake this part of their journey.  Catechumens attend Sunday Mass and are dismissed after the Homily to take part in an experience known as Breaking Open the Word.  They also meet one evening during the week to learn Church teachings, doctrines, sacraments, etc.

The third step is the period of PURIFICATION AND ENLIGHTENMENT.  After a period of time before Lent begins, participants in the Catechumenate are asked to make a decision about whether they are ready to move forward to the Easter Vigil and the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation.  The first Sunday of Lent those who are ready participate in the Rite of Sending.  This rite celebrates the community sending them forth to the Bishop later in the week where they will participate in the Rite of Election.  During the following weeks of Lent, there are various celebrations which help the now Elect to further prepare for the Easter Vigil.

The fourth step of the process is the RECEPTION OF SACRAMENTS.  The Easter Vigil is celebrated on the evening before Easter Sunday.  At this time, the participants receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

The last step is the period of MYSTAGOGY.  The now fully initiated Catholics meet for the period between Easter and Pentecost during the week.  At this time, the Neophytes have time to delve deeper into any subjects that they wish to know more about.  This gives them time to feel comfortable about their role as Catholics.  After Pentecost, they are ready to take their place in the church.

The RCIA process is ongoing at St. Hedwig.  You may schedule an interview to find out more about becoming a Catholic at any time during the year.

For more information contact:
Cynthia Dickey, Adult Faith Formation Director
(562) 296-9030

 

 


 

 



 

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