What is OCIA?

The OCIA (Order of Christian Initiation of Adults) Ministry of Saint Mary prepares individuals for Christian Initiation through a small group process that includes spiritual formation, catechesis and a series of liturgical rites as prescribed in the Church’s Order of Christian Initiation of Adults. The OCIA team includes sponsors and catechists who accompany candidates and catechumens on the path to the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation. Initiation into the Church ordinarily culminates at the Easter Vigil with the celebration of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Saint Mary Parish currently utilizes a year-round approach which allows candidates and catechumens, according to their readiness, to also be initiated at other times during the year when appropriate.

Have you or someone you know thought about….

  • Deepening your relationship with Jesus.
  • Searching for a spiritual home.
  • Seeking a community in which to worship and get involved.
  • Considering being baptized.
  • Was baptized as an infant and wondering how to make your First Communion or Confirmation.

Contact the OCIA Coordinator on how to learn more.

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Email for more about OCIA

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