The Church of Little Flower offers adults an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith through the Order of Christian Initiation for Adults. The OCIA (formerly RCIA) is how the early Christians joined the Church. The program serves:

  • Unbaptized adults and young persons who have reached the age of reason and wish to become Catholics.
  • Those baptized in another Christian Church who are seeking full communion with the Roman Catholic Church and seek the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
  • Baptized Catholic adults who were baptized as infants in the Catholic Church and now seek the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.

The 2024-2025 Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA)
will begin on Tuesday, September 24, 2024.

Classes are held from 7pm – 9pm, every Tuesday through the spring, at the St. Theresa School Cafeteria which is located on Sevilla Ave, across from the church.

Access to the cafeteria will be through the door located in the Sevilla Ave school parking lot.

Books You Will Need:

  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • A Catholic Bible (preferably the Catholic Study Bible – New American)

Catechumen/Candidate Documents:

  • OCIA Application Form (linked above)
  • If applicable, copies of your Baptismal certificate, First Communion certificate and/or Marriage certificate.
  • The suggested donation of $75.00. Checks should be made payable to the Church of the Little Flower. Please write “OCIA” in the check memo line.

Sponsor Requirements/Documents:

  • Sponsors must
    • Have received all three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
    • Be living a life consistent with faith and with the responsibility of a godparent
    • Be members of the Catholic Church and canonically free to carry their office
  • Sponsors must be willing and available to participate in all Church events that will be announced at the beginning of the class.
  • Please provide a copy of the following Sponsor documents:

Catechumen/Candidate Prior Marriage:

  • Generally, Catechumens (Non-Baptized) and Candidates (Previously Baptized seeking Full Communion and Confirmation) originally married Sacramentally and who are presently re-married, without obtaining a formal decree of nullity on the prior marriage(s) (either their own, or their spouses) by the Church, may not receive any of the Church’s Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Communion).
    • If this is your particular situation please address it with Father Manny Alvarez or his designee during your initial interview.

For more information about the OCIA, please contact Deacon Roberto F. Fleitas, Jr.

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