What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which people enter into the Catholic Faith. It is where interested men and women can explore Catholicism and make a decision to become Catholic over a period of months. The process is concerned with the total formation of the person and is often called a "Journey of Faith" because we are all at varying stages in our understanding of the life that Christ has called us to live.
RCIA is designed for those persons who:
- have not been baptized and are at least 7 years of age
- have been baptized in another Christian religion and are seeking full communion with the Catholic Church
- for baptized Catholics, 18 years of age or more, who have not received Holy Communion in the Catholic Church
What is involved in the process?
The RCIA meeting times start in early September with weekly classes that are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in English. The Spanish speaking group meets after the 9:30 a.m. Mass (10:30 a.m.) on Sundays until 12:00 p.m.. Both groups continue through Easter of the next year (approximately 8 to 9 months). In addition to the Tuesday evenings in English, the process includes meeting during the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass from December through Easter.
RCIA is a preparation for the participant to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation during the Easter Vigil Liturgy. The groups continue to meet as they did before Easter for a short time to reflect on their new life in the Church after they receive these sacraments.
How Can I Learn More?
If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church through the RCIA process, please call the RCIA Director, Karen Pontious 275-4204 or contact the Parish Office at the same number.