RCIA/Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is for those persons who desire to become an active member of the Catholic Church and have not received the 3 sacraments of initiation. These sacraments are: Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. The RCIA process is for those seeking baptism, those baptized in other Christian denominations, and Catholics who have not been confirmed nor received first Holy Communion. The term 'adult' refers to anyone that is 7 years of age or older.
The RCIA group meets weekly from September until a couple of weeks after Easter. The English speaking group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the parish center. The Spanish speaking group meets after the 9:30 am Mass in the parish center. In December, each group is also expected to attend Mass on Sunday in addition to the group meeting times. The English speakers attend the 11:00 am Mass and the Spanish speakers attend the 9:30 am Mass. There are a few additional dates that the groups meet together during the year.
The 3 sacraments - Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist - are celebrated as part of the Ester Vigil which begins at 8:30 pm the evening before Easter Sunday. The sacraments are celebrated as a group (RCIA) relevant to which of the sacraments each person is seeking. The parish community is in attendance and participates at the Easter Vigil as well.
If you would like more information, please call the parish office or come to the office on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.