RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Are you interested in the Catholic Faith?  Or receiving the Sacraments you may have missed?

St. Joseph Catholic Church offers an inquiry class called RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults ) to learn more about the richness of the Catholic Church.

We also have a class for teens called B.A.S.I.C. Teen (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) for those who did not complete their catechism through regular Religious Education classes.

Adults

We invite you to learn what the Church teaches and to be introduced to some of our parish members.  These sessions are also opportunities for you, and those you may wish to invite, to ask those perplexing and difficult questions that 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.

For more information on Adult classes, please contact:
Tonia Landt James
 706-548-6332 ext 508
 rcia@stjosephathens.com 

CATHOLICISM 101

Are Catholics Christians? 
In a word, yes! 

Catholics share many beliefs, as well as certain prayers, with other Christian faiths. But many of our practices may seem strange and foreign to those who are unfamiliar with them.

Sadly, many have been misled for generations to believe that our beliefs contradict the Holy Bible…the very Scriptures which the Catholic Church gave to the world, has defended and preserved for two thousand years.

Many Christians claim that the Bible is the only rule of faith. Catholics, on the other hand, recognize that the true “rule of faith”—as expressed in the Bible itself—is Scripture plus Apostolic Tradition,  as manifested in the living teaching authority of the Catholic Church,  to which were entrusted the oral teachings of Jesus and the apostles, along with the authority to interpret Scripture correctly. 

Do you have any other questions about the Catholic Church and her teachings? Check out these quick links to answer your most common questions about Catholicism, including praying to saints, the role of Mary, and a male-only celibate priesthood.

Catholic Answers 
Beginning Catholic Guide
Catechism of the Catholic Church