Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA)

Is the Answer in the Catholic Church?

Do you ever ask yourself . . .

  • What am I looking for in life?
  • What is the meaning of my life?
  • How can I be a better person?
  • What can I do about the loneliness I feel?
  • How can I come to know God's love?
  • How can I know the right path God has in store for me?

If you are asking these questions, or questions like them, the Catholic way of life awaits you. For centuries, people have turned to the Church to find the answers to the deepest and hardest questions of everyday life. Our Church community has inquiry sessions to share with others the truths of the Catholic Faith and the fellowship of our Parish family. The sessions are free and imply no commitment on the part to join the Catholic Church. We are simply inviting you to learn what the Church teaches, and to meet some of our Parish family. These sessions are also opportunities for you, and others that you may wish to invite, to ask any questions you may have about Jesus Christ and the Church.

Please contact the Parish Office at 716-625-8594 for more information.

What is the Order of Christian Initiation for Adults?

The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) formerly known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which someone enters the Catholic Church. We are very happy to answer any and all questions you may have about the Catholic Church before you make any commitments. As a matter of fact, we required everyone to take several weeks or more to learn the basics about the Church, pray and think about it before even beginning the formal process.

OCIA is not just for those who aren't baptized. Many Christians who are baptized but are not Catholic, are also welcome to enter the Catholic Church through the OCIA. As well, if you are a baptized Catholic, but have not received any other Sacraments, then OCIA may also be for you.

The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults is a year-round process of weekly sessions led by a team of parishioners for any person interested in learning more about the Catholic Church or in becoming a full and active member of the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and/or Holy Eucharist. Children seven and older and young people who are unbaptized participate in a similar process.

Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church

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