RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Becoming a Catholic

The RCIA is a conversion process supported in prayer and example by the whole Christian community.

Anyone non-baptized or baptized in another Christian faith tradition is welcome to “Come & See” and learn about the Church with the possibility of becoming a full member.   The RCIA normally meets weekly and can last anywhere from a period of weeks or months to up to three years.  Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation normally take place at the Easter Vigil.

A Journey of Faith . . . that leads to conversion of mind and spirit.  Guided by the Holy Spirit and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, candidates listen to the God’s call to a deeper relationship with Him and a more abundant life in love and service of one another.

A Journey in Community . . .  Parish Staff, Catechists, the RCIA Team and the whole Parish Community support the candidates through prayer, teaching, and their own witness of faith.

A Community Centered in Christ’s Prayer and the Eucharist . . . which welcomes those seeking membership to a deeper love and understanding of Christ’s call to unity in the Sacrament of the Eucharist in which Christ gives himself to us in the sacrificial meal during the Mass.

A Community on Mission . . . to spread the Good News of the Gospel; to bring hope and compassion to our world through outreach to the poor and helpless.

RCIA Phases and Rites:

The pre-catechumenate or Period of Inquiry:  “Inquirers” reflect upon and discern their call into the Church and are encouraged ask questions and share their perceptions.

The Rite of Acceptance – normally around the first Sunday of Advent, welcomes those who wish to continue in the process.   The non-baptized or “Catechumens” and those already baptized or “Candidates for Full Communion” begin the phase of Catechumenate or period of instruction.

The Rite of Election or Period of Purification and Enlightenment coincides with the Season of Lent.   It is a more intense period of spiritual reflection in preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation.

The Celebration of Initiation takes place at the Easter Vigil or for pastoral reasons at another appropriate time.

Mystagogy is a celebratory time of “unwrapping the gift” or entering into the “mystery” of God’s life more deeply as new members of the faithful.

For more information about the RCIA, please call our Parish Office at 440.238.1770