Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
We offer classes known as "RCIA" or the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

For those who wish to become a Catholic or merely learn more about Our Faith, Our Lady of Lourdes has an ongoing program of welcoming and formation for adults.

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RCIA classes are offered September through May, however our doors are always open. If you know someone who is interested in the Catholic Church, please call the Church Office (205) 836-2274, Mon - Fri (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) and arrangements will be made to accommodate newcomers.

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RCIA Scrutinies
During Lent the “Elect”, those who are to be received into the Church at Easter enter into a period of Purification and Enlightenment, or a time of self-searching & repentance. During this period, they celebrate the Scrutinies on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent. The Scrutinies are meant to uncover and heal all that is weak, defective and sinful in the hearts of the Elect and to bring out and strengthen all that is upright, strong and good. These three Sundays we use the Readings from Cycle A, the Gospel of the Samaritan Woman at the Well on the 3rd Sunday, the Gospel of the Man Born Blind on the 4th Sunday, and the Gospel of Lazarus on the 5th Sunday. The “Elect” will celebrate the Scrutinies at a different Mass each week beginning with the 5 pm Mass on Saturday, March 7th, the 8 am Mass on Sunday, March 15th, and finally the 10:45 am Mass on Sunday, March 22nd. Please pray for our Elect.

We welcome to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish our Brothers and Sisters who have joined us in the Faith at the Easter Vigil. Please continue to pray for our "newest Catholics" now that they have joined the Church in Full Communion.

Stewardship Volunteer Opportunity

Catechumenate Sponsor (RCIA)
Each year Our Lady of Lourdes holds RCIA Classes for those wishing to learn about the Catholic Faith. As a Catechumenate Sponsor you get to share Our Faith with Adults seeking Full Union with the Catholic Church. Training is provided, so no experience is necessary.

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RCIA graphic appearing on this page "rcia128.gif" is copyright 1996 by Thomas Scharbach. All rights reserved. Used with permission and special thanks.

Last modified: August 12, 2016