The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, known as RCIA is the way the Roman Catholic Church brings adults into full membership.
RCIA classes begin in the early Fall each year and are held on Sunday evenings following the 5pm Mass in the Knight Hall Conference Room, for any adult who wishes to become Catholic OR for those adult Catholics who are not confirmed OR for anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. For more information or to sign up for the RCIA class, contact the parish office. The schedule of classes is attached below.
To sign up for the class, print off and complete the form below. Attach a recent copy of your Baptism certificate to the completed form. Bring the enrollment form and Baptism certificate to our Parish office.
The RCIA process has several distinct stages.
- Catechumenate: those who decide to enter the Church and are being trained for a life in Christ are called catechumens, an ancient name from the early Church. In this stage, you’re developing your faith and are being “catechized” — learning catechism, or the basic points about Catholic faith and life.
- Purification and preparation: The Church will help you focus and intensify your faith as you prepare you to commit your life to Christ and be received into the Church at Easter. If you’re following the RCIA process, you’ll go through a beautiful series of Gospel-based meditations during Lent, which is the time frame of this period.
- Initiation itself, the culmination of the whole process! You’re received into the Church during the Easter Vigil Mass, where you’ll receive the sacraments of initiation: baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist. (If you’ve already been baptized, you won’t be baptized again.)