Faith Formation

An Invitation to Learn about the Catholic Faith through the
Rite of Christian Initiation (OCIA) Program

Are You . . .

  1. An unbaptized adult wishing to learn about the Catholic Faith?
  2. A baptized Christian of another denomination interested in learning about the Catholic Faith?
  3. A baptized Catholic who has never been confirmed?
  4. A Catholic wanting to more deeply investigate and participate in the faith?

What is OCIA?

The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process by which adults can first inquire and then decide and prepare to become members of the Catholic Church.

Catechumens (unbaptized) and Candidates (1) baptized Christians of another denomination interested in learning about the Catholic faith or (2) a baptized Catholic who has never received the Sacrament of Confirmation) can learn, discuss and delve more deeply into the essentials of the faith through Revelation, Scripture, the Tradition of the Church and Personal Faith Experience. The process comes to fulfillment during Holy Week when both catechumens and candidates are received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Liturgy.

OCIA also serves as a focus for ongoing conversion for all members of the Catholic Community. Parishioners are encouraged to study their own faith as they support the candidates. Members have the opportunity to renew their baptismal commitments to Christ and His Church as they participate in ceremonies welcoming new members.

For further information contact Fr. Carlos Melocoton (304-242-1560) in the parish office or Louis Volpe (304-277-5211) e-mail