Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults


    A response

to God’s spirit in me

…a deepening of relationship

 with Jesus Christ

….a journey of faith involving

scripture, catechesis, and liturgy

…a call to full communion in

 the Catholic Church

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process for adults who wish to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. Additionally, those who are baptized Catholics seeking to complete the Sacraments of Initiation and Christians from other faith denominations desiring full communion with the Catholic Church are encouraged to participate in the RCIA process.

The RCIA process includes four stages:  1) Inquiry– a time to explore your questions on faith, Catholic practices and parish life; 2) Catechumenate—a time to deepen your relationship with God; 3) Purification & Enlightenment – a time of deeper conversion, being more open to God;  4) Mystagogia–Living out your baptism/confirmation/and communion

The gatherings include Catholic faith instruction, support and sharing of one’s personal faith journey, and participation in the liturgical prayer and social life with the community. The process is celebrated with rites or celebrations when the candidates are ready to be presented to the community and the time is right in the liturgical cycle.  At the Easter Vigil, candidates are fully initiated with the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.

Candidates begin with an informative “chat” and a brief, informal interview with a Catechist (member of the RCIA team).  Regular sessions begin in September and continue through two weeks after Easter. Parishioners are invited to join the pool of sponsors.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about joining the Catholic faith, please call the Parish Office at 303-322-1119.