The greatest adventure we face as human beings is to explore the meaning of life. Questions like, “Where does the universe come from?” “Is there a God?” “What happens to us when we die?” challenge us to think, love, and live. It is the conviction of Catholic Christians, that the answers to life’s questions are found in Jesus Christ, and that we have been called by Jesus to explore those questions and your own with you.
If you decide to become Catholic, substantive formation occurs. After some time in preparation, depending on your faith history and following the lead of the Holy Spirit, you will be formally received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a journey to God through which a person is gradually transformed into the likeness of Christ through a conversion process brought about by the Holy Spirit working through prayer and instruction in the faith. Although the journey never ends, the RCIA culminates in a person’s being fully initiated into the Body of Christ, the Church, through reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
Baptized persons from other denominations may also join in this process.
It is a very moving, Spirit-filled process for all involved.
If you would like further information, please contact Sr. Mary Schoberg, 631-744-2609 ext.4 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reflections of Former RCIA Candidates
The process of coming into full communion in the Catholic Church has been a very important growth period for me. I have really been given the chance to reflect on what is truly important in my life and I feel as if I now have much more guidance. Most pronounced is how I feel about things beyond my control. I have come to believe that as long as I have my faith, my burden is less. All I need to do is pray and seek God’s help. I have a new-found sense of peace in my life.
I feel like Heaven is on Earth! I feel closer to Jesus than I ever have and I'm filled with peace and love. I feel a sense of belonging at St. Anthony’s Church and it's where I belong. I thought I'd never be happy and am filled with joy and peace most of the time. I can now try to help others know Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I guide them towards God and church because without it I don't think I'd be here today. Thank you so much for your help.
To anyone who is considering doing the same, I say, not to be afraid because God loves us so much and is waiting! Nothing is impossible when God is with you. I never went to church because I was filled with guilt and knew I was filled with sin and wrong living. If you want to be free, happy and have a true purpose in life then do it. No person, place or thing could make me happy. I used to always feel alone and I don't anymore. God filled my heart and the black hole that I felt in my chest my whole life. Everyone is welcoming and loving at the church. I feel like we are all family.
I am beyond excited to share fully, now, with you in Christ. Thank you all for your love, support and prayers for me throughout this process. You gave me strength and motivation when I needed it most. I am truly blessed to become a part of this amazing parish. This parish is full of love, which is a reflection of each of you!
This RCIA process has been nothing short of enlightening. Trusting fully in God was challenging at first, but the more trust I put in God the more light He shed on me. With the help of the RCIA Team my outlook on life and my mindset was changed. With their support I was led to a new home, and for that I will be forever grateful.
Since I started this glorious journey, I have learned that keeping God in our everyday life is so crucial. With the craziness of our world, it is so important to make time for God. Our relationship will not be easy, and at times it will be tested, but if we remain true to Jesus Christ, our Lord, everything will be okay.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for accepting me into your hearts and this beautiful parish. May God continue to bless Saint Anthony of Padua Parish of Rocky Point!
Sara Ann Margaret Davis
I decided to enter the Catholic Church because for many years I would go to Church with my wife Caroline and I would feel as though I wasn’t a part of the Mass. Then, one September, I saw the RCIA listed in the Church bulletin and felt it was time to take the next step. I then contacted the Parish, met with Sister Pat, and began my journey with the Catholic faith. It was most enjoyable and interesting. I celebrated Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil!
My decision to become a Catholic was initiated when my family and I moved to Rocky Point. I was moved by the power of the Holy Spirit to start the process of converting to become a Catholic. I was especially moved by the Easter Vigil. It was an awakening of my faith that I shall never forget! The whole process of becoming a Catholic, from the first months as an Inquirer to the last days of Mystagogy, was powerful. I would like to thank Sr. Pat, Father Richard, all the Sponsors involved in the RCIA and the “Breaking Open of the Word” Team. I would also like to thank those who journeyed with me and have become “Will BE” Disciples of Christ.