(Closed) RCIA? Or can I just do confirmation?

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think they would recommend for you to go through RCIA for faith formation.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am in the same boat, and have been told that I have to do the full RCIA. Realize that being confirmed is NOT a prereq for being married in the Catholic church though, so do not feel rushed or panicky to get it done. Just worry about doing it for your own faith and reasons and I think you will get more out of it that way 🙂

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

As I understand it, you are supposed to go through it, (but perhaps you don’t need to do quite as much stuff?)  I always looked at RCIA as the path to preparing/completing sacraments (usually as an adult) that you didn’t complete growing up.  Each of those sacraments has prep time.  My son is going through that now for first communion.  I remember having to prepare for confirmation.  So my guess is, as an adult you still have to prepare.

I know when I go to Easter Vigil, (which you might want to do this year.  It’s on this Saturday evening) the RCIA candidates receive their sacraments.  And there is always different groups.  Some have baptism, communion, and confirmation all at once.  Some don’t need all three.

Good luck.  Let us know how it goes.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Teenagers go through a confirmation program together, sometime between their sophomore and or junior year of HS. Some programs are 2 years, some are 1 year. 

Adults, go through RCIA. Like Tanya mentioned, there are different levels. Some need aLL their sacraments, some go through it just for confirmation, etc… 

I def. would rec. you going to the easter vigil this year… because that’s when you would receive it next year.

Best of luck!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Pretty sure if you are an adult and havent been confirmed you have to do RCIA.  I was in the same situation had been baptised and first communion but I did RCIA for confirmation.  They structure it slightly different if your only doing one sacrament so you wont do quite everything people who have been baptised yet do.  Good luck!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Some churches in San Diego offer just Adult confirmation classes, However some do require RCIA. Ask around!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Yeah, you’ll have to go through RCIA but it’ll just be confirmation.  I did that b/c I was baptized in another church.  I really enjoyed RCIA though, it was quite interesting and really laid back.  I actually took the course twice b/c they offered it each semester (parish is on college campus).  There were probably 20 people in each class, it was discussion oriented and free of judgement.  I LOVED it!  I hope someday I can become a sponsor!  Also, in my class we had ages 18-65, so much fun hearing different perspectives and learning about Church doctrine at the same time!

EDIT:  Let me just say, when I first started attending RCIA it was just to learn about the Catholic Church since I was dating a Catholic and it wasn’t to join, but after the first class I really felt that it was the Truth.  They always have a few people that take the course just to learn more about the Church.  I think most Catholics should take or be sponsors for RCIA b/c as my Fiance and even priests put it, “there is a lack of good Catholic education for cradle Catholics.”(atleast in certain parishes of each diocese)  Some Catholics brought up in the Church don’t really understand some of the traditions and rituals of the Mass, what each part of the Church is, why things are done the way they are, etc.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

Edit again:  When I wrote: “Let me just say, when I first started attending RCIA it was just to learn about the Catholic Church since I was dating a Catholic and it wasn’t to join, but after the first class I really felt that it was the Truth.”  I knew after the first semester’s course.

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was in the same situation until about 3 weeks ago.  I have just recently been confirmed and did NOT have to go through RCIA.  It’s best to contact your priest and talk to him personally.  I only had to go to 2 preparation sessions and thought they were a very good refresher/reminder of what was important to my Catholic faith.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

As an adult, even if you were baptized, received first communion, but did not get confirmed… you would still have to go through RCIA… which was the exact same position I was in.

RCIA was very interesting and packed full of great knowledge.  Have fun, and GOD BLESS…

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My fiance and I just finished RCIA and He recieved what we called the slam dunk which was all three baptism, communionand conformation; while I only recieved Confirmation. In order for your marriage to actually be a sacrament both of you have to be baptized and confirmed catholics so you will have to attend RCIA in order to be confirmed. Trust me I looked at it as a chore in the beginning but we were blessed with the greatest priest ever to teach. I loved going to class, and now my future husband and I are going to be sponsers next year. I don’t know if your fiance is catholic or recieved all of his sacrements but if he hasn’t look at it as a great thing to do together.

Good Luck!

Post # 14
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Worker bee

I just finished RCIA this past week. And yes you’ll have to go through the whole process. It is a very good process and I enjoyed it alot. If you have questions feel free to message me.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

In some churches it IS required to be confirmed before you are married. My best friend just went through this and was able to start the RCIA program half way through instead of needing the entire program. I would check with your parish.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

As is mentioned above, Confirmation is not required in order to get married in the Catholic Church.  I chose to get confirmed as an adult, and although I would not consider myself a very strong, practicing Catholic (I attend church more on the holidays then anything), I did find it a nice way to re-affirm my feelings of why I want to remain a Catholic.  The courses were an hour at night, once a week, and all adults- it was pretty painless and I do reccommend it!

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