Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
“Christian initiation is accomplished by three sacraments together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life; Confirmation which is its strengthening; and the Eucharist which nourishes the disciple with Christ's Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ.” (CCC1275)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process, established for the universal Church, for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church.
The Rite speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey.” Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church he founded, this journey takes place through distinct stages over a period of time suitable to bring about a thorough catechesis, significant experience of the parish community, and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of the Catholic faithful.
The RCIA process is a restoration of the ancient catechumenate, arising within the first three centuries following the era of the apostles. It was the early Church’s way of Christianizing the pagan Roman Empire. The Second Vatican Council called for the restoration and use of this venerable and powerful method of initiation for the worldwide Church.
How long is the RCIA process?
The time varies, but is rarely shorter than six months or longer than three years. The Church greatly respects the time each person needs for conversion and decision. The RCIA text gives guides for discerning this on a case-by-case basis.
- The RCIA process meets weekly from September through May.
- The process includes dismissals on Sundays during the 10:30 am Mass.
- RCIA meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for adults, and 6:30 to 8:00 for children and teens.
Who is RCIA for?
- Persons who are not baptized.
- Children of catechetical age who have not received sacraments.
- Persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic.
- Persons baptized Catholic but not yet celebrating the other initiation sacraments (Communion and Confirmation).
If you are interested in joining the Catholic faith or “catching up” on your sacraments, please pick up a registration form in the parish office. You will be contacted for a personal interview. Contact our Director of Christian Formation with any questions at 480-595-0883 x118 or via email at [email protected].