“The difficulty of explaining ‘why I am a Catholic’ is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.” (G. K. Chesterton, Why I Am a Catholic)
If you are interested in exploring the teachings of the Catholic Church, if you need to complete the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation), or you would just like a refresher in the Church’s teachings, then OCI is for you. The Order of Christian Initiation (OCI) is a spiritual journey in faith to discover what it means to follow Jesus as a Catholic Christian and the joy and freedom that can result from journeying with Christ. It is a learning and loving process in which conversion of the heart brings you to Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Savior. Anyone interested in inquiring about the Catholic Church, or her teachings, are welcome to participate with your questions, insights, and faith story in a warm, fun, enlightening, and exciting setting. You will be surprised at the depth and breadth of the Catholic Church!
For more information, please contact Deacon Don Fox at 757-813-6428, firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Parish Office (757) 898-5570. Jesus casts his net wide and deep; no one is excluded from His invitation!
As people come forward inquiring, they begin to form the nucleus of the next OCI family. Each participant has a unique story and gifts to share. We would love to hear your story of how the Holy Spirit has been moving in your life. Come and join the family!
OCI has several aspects:
The OCI is a dynamic part of St Joan of Arc parish and is a process through which adult men, women, and youth (ages 8-18) enter the Catholic Church. It includes several stages marked by participation in community, study, prayer, service, and liturgical rites at Mass. Participants in the OCI are known as Candidates (baptized Christians from other non-Catholic Christian denominations) and Catechumen (unbaptized). In the OCI, each undergoes a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, journey together with their OCI family and sponsors, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist.