Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.)
Understanding the Catholic Faith Becoming Catholic Classes
This is a process for introducing converts into communion with the Catholic Church. It prepares them for the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. It also prepares them for a full and active life in the Church. R.C.I.A. is a process of conversion to help participants understand more deeply Christ’s deep abiding love and His presence in the Church. Adults participate in weekly meetings to pray and grow in the understanding of the faith. The meetings are informal, friendly, prayerful and informative. There is also scripture and faith sharing, time for discussion and refreshments.
Meetings are held weekly beginning in September and usually end after Pentecost.
Inquiry meetings are once a month in June, July and August.
Along with the weekly meetings Catechumens and Candidates take part in a series of liturgical rites during certain scheduled Masses. These Rites begin with the Rite of Acceptance and other Rites are during the Sunday Masses through Lent. These Rites conclude at the Easter Vigil when the Catechumens receive the Sacraments of Initiation and the Candidates are fully received into the church by receiving the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.
Who Can Come to R.C.I.A.?
RCIA is open to any adult (high school or older), Non-Catholic or Catholic, who wishes to learn more about the faith or anyone who has been away from the faith and wishes to come back.
What is a Catechumen?
A Catechumen is an unbaptized person who is seeking to be received into the Catholic Church through Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.
What is a Candidate?
A person who has already been validly baptized (in a recognized Christian Church) who seeks full communion with the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.