RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)
Have you felt a stirring in your heart and asked yourself any of these questions?
- What is the meaning of life?
- Is there something more to what I am experiencing and seeing?
- Who is Jesus Christ?
- Is there a God?
We invite you to journey with us to ponder and explore these questions.
Wherever you are in your quest, we welcome you.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which you are gradually introduced to Christianity and the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. The RCIA process has several distinct stages to help you in your journey:
This is the initial period before you decide to enter the Catholic Church. You’re asking questions and checking it out, but aren’t yet ready to commit.
Those who decide to enter the Church and are being trained for a life in Christ are called Catechumens. In this stage, you are being “catechized” – learning the basic points about Catholic faith and life.
- Purification and Enlightenment
As an Elect, this period is meant to be a time of reflection. The Church will help you focus and intensify your faith as you prepare to commit your life to Christ and be received into the Church.
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.
After your initiation, this period lets you reflect and learn more about the mysteries of the Mass and the Sacraments that you now participate in fully.