Becoming a Catholic
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
"Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.'"
RCIA is the process by which one becomes a Roman Catholic, learns the teachings of the Catholic Church, and/or develops a prayer life with Jesus Christ in the communion of the Catholic Church. RCIA is a flexible process and candidates can enter at any time.
Who can participate in RCIA?
Everyone. One who has never before stepped foot in a church is welcome. A daily Mass communicant is welcome. The primary 'candidates' are:
UNBAPTIZED - those who have never been baptized in any Christian tradition. These adults will receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
BAPTIZED CHRISTIAN - those who were baptized in a non-Catholic Christian community. These adults will receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
BAPTIZED CATHOLIC - those who never received the sacraments of Confirmation & Eucharist, and did not receive formal religious education in the Catholic faith.
And if you are a:
FULLY INITIATED CATHOLIC - those who have received at least the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) and would like to learn more about the teachings of the Church, develop a deeper prayer life, accompany a candidate on the faith journey, or have any other reason! You are more than welcome to join us!
What is involved in RCIA?
Weekly Meetings. Here we will learn about the Trinity, the Bible, the nature and history of the Catholic Church, the sacraments, morality, spirituality, and much more. We will pray together. People can ask questions about the Church and her beliefs, and others can share their own faith journey. These meetings are free and no commitments are necessary.
Rituals. Generally speaking, RCIA consists of an established timeline marked by a series of stages, each celebrated with a ritual. After an initial stage of inquiry (no ritual here), the second stage is marked by the official desire to enter formation for initiation into the Catholic Church (Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens: late fall). The third stage is marked by a recognition of our progress in faith formation and education, as well as our readiness to begin final preparations to receive the sacraments (Rite of Enrollment or Enrollment of Names: beginning of Lent). The fourth stage is the entrance into full communion (Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation: Easter Vigil). This stage continues until the end of the Easter season, in what is called Postbaptismal Catechesis or 'Mystagogy'.
Service & Parish Life. Candidates will be given the opportunity for community service with the RCIA group. Everyone is to attend Sunday Mass and participate in parish events.