Rite of Christian Initiation

for Adults and Teens/Children

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established by the Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist). This initiation process also involves a parish community that experiences a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church. 
Group Discussion

Who is RCIA for? 

  • Persons in need of Baptism.

  • Persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic.

  • Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation (over the age of 14).

 

How long does RCIA take? 

  • How long does it take for any relationship to develop?

  • We all journey on different paths at different times. The Period of the Pre-Catechumenate begins the journey by laying a foundation for the faith to grow on and answering lingering questions one might have. The Period of the Catechumenate, or period of instruction, varies for each person. It all depends on how the catechumen is growing in the faith, and when the catechumen is ready to make a full faith commitment to Jesus and the Catholic Church.  The Period of Purification and Enlightenment is the final preparation for receiving the sacraments and coincides with a Lent when you feel prepared.  The Period of Mystagogy then coincides with the Easter season to break open the mysteries received in the sacraments.

  • On this journey of faith, various Rites are celebrated with the parish and diocesan community as a transition between periods. Full initiation into the Church is beautifully celebrated each year at the Easter Vigil, or at another time as deemed appropriate by the bishop or pastor.  We conclude our formal classes with the celebration of Pentecost at the end of Easter season.

 

What if my child is 7 and has never been baptized?

  • This process of initiation is also adapted for children of the age of reason (7 years old) and older.  Their formation will be age appropriate while still participating in the same Rites.

How do I embark on this journey of faith? 

  • Please click here  and fill out the form so that a member of our  RCIA team can contact you with more information.