Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA)

OCIA or the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process of reflection, education and faith sharing.

“The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.” – CCC 1212

For those individuals who:

  • Have never been baptized

  • Have never been baptized into another Christian Faith tradition

  • Have been baptized into the Catholic faith, but have not completed the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation

We gather together for the 8:00am Mass each Sunday and then meet in the Parish Center to reflect on the Sunday readings and share faith. Sessions begin in September and continue six weeks beyond Easter, with reception of the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil.

Various subjects are explored in depth, including:

  • Images of God

  • Who is Jesus?

  • The Holy Spirit at Work in Our Lives

  • Overview of the Sacraments

  • Reading and Understanding the Bible

  • Mary and the Saints

  • The Mass

  • Prayer

  • Catholic Social Justice Teaching

If you have felt called to explore this process, please call (630) 969-1063. We welcome all questions.

Adult Confirmation

Do you want to be Confirmed?
Do you need to complete your Sacraments of Initiation?
Have you already received Baptism and Holy Communion in the Catholic Church?

To receive the Sacrament of Confirmation for Adults, you will need to:

  1. Provide a copy of your baptismal certificate
  2. Contact us to complete a registration form
  3. Attend a presentation in the Church
  4. Participate in one devotion during Lent

Interested or have questions?
Contact Fr. Shaun at (630) 969-1063.

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With over 2,700 families at St. Mary of Gostyn Parish, we continue towards a bright future enriching faith life, educating on Catholicism, serving those in need, and enjoying our close community.