Wednesdays 6 – 8 PM
Our Lady of the Assumption offers those who wish to begin a new journey in faith to share the richness of the Catholic Church and our parish family. We invite you to learn what the Church teaches, and to be introduced to some of our parish members.
These sessions also are opportunities for you, and others that you may wish to invite, to ask those perplexing and difficult questions you may have about the Church.
These gatherings are for inquirers and are open to people who are unbaptized, as well as those who are baptized Christians from Protestant or Evangelical backgrounds. New sessions begin each September in the New Church at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish 2602 S. Walnut Rd. Turlock, CA 95380. Feel free to come any Wednesday. Please give us a call if you have questions and would like further information at 209.634.2222.
Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear. – 1Peter 3:15
Our Lady of the Assumption RCIA program meets on Wednesdays for Mass at 6pm, and then as a small-group from 6:45-8pm. The 2021-2022 class begins on Sept. 29, 2021, are received into the Church April 16, 2022, and wraps up on May 11, 2022.
If you are interested in RCIA, or want to find out more about the program or the process, please contact Deacon Stephen here. Deacon will review your contact form once submitted and reach out to you. The 2021-2022 RCIA class openings end on the first day of class, Sept. 29, 2021. Please make arrangements ahead of time. No exceptions will be made. Anyone seeking RCIA after that time may attend, but will not receive sacraments until the following year.
If you would just like to meet with or talk to Deacon Stephen, you can contact him here.
Below is the 2021-2022 RCIA Coursework. Please click the bold print for the study content. Do your reading ahead of time and write down one point that interested you, one point that challenged you, and one question that you’d like to ask. Additional resources you may find helpful are at the bottom of the page.
09/29/21 Staff & Candidate Intro; Overview of materials and process.
10/06/21 Deep Dive Into Scripture; O.T./Gospels/Epistles
10/13/21 Deep Dive Into the Catechism of the Catholic Church
10/20/21 The Existence of God and The Blessed Trinity
10/27/21 The Incarnation
11/03/21 The Covenants; The Story of the People of God
11/10/21 The Deposit of Faith; Divine Revelation / Natural Law
11/17/21 How God speaks; Sacred Scripture / Sacred Tradition
12/01/21 Mass 101; The Holy Mass
12/08/21 Advent / Our Lady of Guadalupe / Immaculate Conception
12/15/21 The Season of Christmas; The Rosary
01/05/22 The Four Marks of the Church
01/12/22 Intro to Catholic Prayer / The Lord’s Prayer
01/19/22 The Sacramental Economy
01/26/22 Original sin and the mystery of Iniquity/Purgatory
02/02/22 The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
02/09/22 The Sacrament of Holy Confirmation
02/16/22 The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist
02/23/22 Lent, its Symbols and Meaning /ASH WEDNESDAY
03/02/22 Understanding Temptation and Sin
03/09/22 The Sacrament of Holy Reconciliation
03/16/22 The Sacrament of Holy Anointing/Redemptive Suffering
03/23/22 The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
03/30/22 The Sacrament of Holy Orders/Liturgy
04/06/22 Holy Week, Chrism Mass, and the Solemnity of Easter
04/13/22 Easter Vigil Mass Practice
04/20/22 The Church/Succession of Popes
04/27/22 Dignity of the Human Person/Social Teachings
05/04/22 The Great Commandment & Great Commission
RCIA Sponsor Info Sheet
The Senses of Scripture, By Pauline Viviano, Phd.
USCCB on Understanding the Bible
C.C.C. on Sacred Scripture
Vatican II Document, DEI VERBUM (The Word of God)
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
Quotes from the Saints on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist