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Becoming Catholic through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
The My Catholic Life! Series is perfect for converts to Catholicism and can be used as a 24 week study of the entire Catholic faith. This series is free in electronic form and provides a complete and faithful summary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in an easy-to-read format. It also presents our faith in a personal and understandable way. Participants may follow along and read the lessons in a variety of ways:
1) Through this website using the lessons below: mycatholic.life/rcia
2) By purchasing the ebook or paperback format
3) By using our RCIA Web App from any device to read the books online for free: www.myrcia.org
All sections of this series may also be copied and printed for use at any Church. Below is a suggested 24 week format covering the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church. You may also use the Small Group Study format for group discussion.
The My Catholic Life! Series: Volumes 1-3
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Volume 1 – Catholic Beliefs
Lesson 1 – Coming to Faith
I Believe… – The Desire for Happiness – Fulfilling that Desire – Coming to Know God – Revelation – God Reveals Himself – God Keeps Speaking – Magisterium – Sacred Scripture – Obedience of Faith
Lesson 2 – God and His Creation
One God – God’s Name – Father – Almighty – Maker of Heaven and Earth – Creation of Man in the Imago Dei – The Unity of Body and Soul – Male and Female – Original Paradise – The Fall of Man – Of All Things Visible and Invisible
Lesson 3 – The God-Man and His Mother
Professing Faith in a Person – Jesus, Christ, Son & Lord – Through Him All Things Were Made – God Becomes Man – Why He Did It – What He Did – 100/100 – Fully God and Fully Human – God’s Perfect Plan – Mary’s Immaculate Conception – Mother of God – The Virgin Mother – The Final Outcome
Lesson 4 – God Suffers Death
Jesus Makes Some Enemies – Who is Responsible for His Crucifixion? – The Havoc Caused by Disobedience – Free and Perfect Obedience Untangles Disobedience – A More Philosophical Explanation – The New and Perfect Sacrifice – Jesus is Buried – He Descended into Where?
Lesson 5 – Death Has No Victory!
A Real Historical Event – Resurrection or Brought Back to Life? – A Work of the Trinity – The Veil is Lifted – The Ascension – At the Father’s Right Hand – His Return in Glory…and Grace – A Time of Judgment – Will Cremated Bodies Also Rise?
Lesson 6 – The Holy Spirit
What is the Holy Spirit? – Where Do We Meet the Holy Spirit? – Images of the Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit’s Activity in Salvation History
Lesson 7 – The Church
Some Initial Distinctions – Symbols of the Church – A Bit of Historical Perspective – The Mystery of the Church – Marks of the Church: One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic – The Hierarchy and the Pope – The Threefold Office to Preach, Shepherd and Sanctify – The Laity – Consecrated Life
Lesson 8 – The Glorious and Final Things!
Communion of Saints: Earth, Heaven and Purgatory – A Sad Note about Hell – The Final Age to Come – Our Blessed Mother: The Queen of All Saints!
Lesson 9 – The Greatest Act on Earth
The Great Mysterium Fidei – Liturgy 101 – Is the Liturgy Boring? – Who Celebrates the Liturgy? – How the Liturgy is Celebrated – When Do We Celebrate? – Where Do We Celebrate? – Diversity vs. Unity
Lesson 10a – Sacraments: A Personal Encounter
Getting Personal! – Three to Get In: Sacraments of Initiation – Two to Heal: Sacraments of Healing – Two for the Mission: Sacraments of Vocation
Lesson 10b The Sacrament of Baptism
Effects of Baptism – Old Testament Prefigurations – Giving Us This Sacrament – Who Baptizes Whom? – The Celebration of Baptism
Lesson 11 – The Sacrament of Confirmation
What Scripture Reveals – Effects of Confirmation – Receiving the Sacrament – Signs and Symbols – The Bottom Line is the Upper Limit
Lesson 12 – The Most Holy Eucharist
Essence Challenges our Five Senses – The One Eternal Sacrifice – The Divine Sacrament Made Present – Transforming Communion – The Mass Explained
Lesson 13a – The Sacrament of Penance
The Names of the Sacrament – How I Prepare – Understanding this Glorious Gift – From Interior Repentance to the Grace of the Sacrament – Forgiveness is Not Enough…The Grace of Indulgences
Lesson 13b – The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
Scriptural Foundation – The Suffering of Illness – Who Can be Anointed by Whom? – Effects of the Sacrament – How and When it is Offered
Lesson 14 – The Sacrament of Holy Orders
The Mission of Christ – Entrusting the Mission – The Degrees of Ordination – Fulfilling Christ’s Mission Through Ordination – Some Practical Considerations
Lesson 15 – The Sacrament of Matrimony
God’s Design and Intention for Marriage – The Effect of the Fall – God’s Answer – Christian Marriage in the New Covenant – Matrimonial Consent – A Sacrament or Not – The Domestic Church
Lesson 16a – An Introduction to Prayer
Humility as the Foundation of Prayer – Prayer in the Old Testament – Prayer in the New Testament – Basic Forms of Prayer – The Holy Spirit Teaches Us to Pray – Three Forms of Prayer – Struggles with Prayer
Lesson 16b – The Lord’s Prayer
A Summary of the Whole Gospel – The Foundation of Prayer – The Seven Petitions
Lesson 17 – Who Am I?
I Am an Imago Dei – The Beatitudes – The Effects of Freedom – Making Moral Choices – Good vs. good – Passions, Feelings and Emotions – Conscience – Erroneous Conscience: Am I Guilty? – Growth in Virtue and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit – Sin: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Gravity of Sin
Lesson 18 – The Law, Society, Grace and Salvation
The Moral Law – Who are We? Human Society – The Trinity as the Basis of Society – Common Good – Justification – Grace – Merit – Holiness – From the Speculative to the Practical
Lesson 19 – Loving God
The First Commandment – Our High Calling of Love – The Bottom Line of This Commandment – Graven Images – The Upper Upper Limit! – Practical Applications
The Second Commandment – The Bottom Line: No Swearing Allowed – The Upper Limit: God’s Name is Holy…and so is yours! – Practical Applications
The Third Commandment – The Sabbath Day after the First Creation – Worship in the New Covenant: The Eighth Day of Creation – Rest in the New Covenant: The Eighth Day of Creation – Duties of Society – Practical Considerations
Lesson 20 – Loving Your Family
The Fourth Commandment God’s Plan for Parents – Being a Holy Child – Family Life – The Fourth Commandment and Society – The Role of Civil Authorities – A Summary of the Bottom Line and Upper Limit of the Fourth Commandment – Practical Considerations
Lesson 21 – Murder, Anger, and Human Dignity
The Fifth Commandment – Bottom Line: Do Not Murder – Human Dignity Must Be Respected – When Killing is not Murder – Other “Medical Ethics” Considerations – Other “End of Life” Decisions – The Upper Limit – Practical Considerations
Lesson 22 – Chastity, Purity, Affection and Marital Love
The Sixth Commandment – We are Sexual Beings – The Upper Limit: God’s Plan for Sexuality – The Bottom Line: Abuses of Sexual Love – Practical Considerations
The Ninth Commandment – Purity – Other Considerations – The Bottom Line and the Upper Limit
Lesson 23 – Stealing and Coveting
The Seventh Commandment – Is It Mine or Is It Yours? – The Bottom Line – The Dignity of the Human Person and the Economy – Reaching Out to the Poor – International Considerations
The Tenth Commandment – The Root of the Problem: He Who Has Money Never Has Money Enough – Getting in Order!
Lesson 24 – The Truth Will Set You Free!
The Eighth Commandment The Bottom Line: Offenses Against the Truth – Do I Have a Right to Know? – The Upper Limit: Art, Beauty and the Pursuit of Truth – Practical Considerations Conclusion