The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, known as RCIA is the way the Roman Catholic Church brings adults into membership.
RCIA classes begin in September and are held on Sunday evenings following the 5pm Mass, 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 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.)