Easter Vigil photos
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
is offered for those adults who are interested in becoming Catholic and being initiated into the Catholic Church.
RCIA is a process of discerning one’s readiness for this commitment.
RCIA has several aspects:
- deepening one’s faith in Jesus Christ through prayer and reflection
- learning the faith traditions and doctrines of the Church
- entering into the life of the faith community by attending Mass, parish events and celebrations
- being of service to others
RCIA is for those
- who have never been baptized.
- who has been baptized in another Christian faith tradition
If Never Baptized
For the unbaptized, known as Catechumens, initiation into the Catholic Church usually occurs at the Easter Vigil (the Saturday night before Easter Sunday). The Catechumens receive the three initiation sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
Baptized in Another Christian Tradition
For those who have already been baptized, known as Candidates for Full Communion, reception into the Catholic Church can occur upon readiness throughout the year, barring any impediments. This reception includes a Profession of Faith, Confirmation and Eucharist.
Baptized Catholic, but no further sacraments
RCIA is also for those adults who have been baptized Catholic but have not received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. RCIA is an opportunity to prepare to receive the remaining sacraments of initiation.
Click for photos from a rite where a young man preparing for Baptism is welcomed into the Order of Catechumens and those already baptized are welcomed to the next phase of their process with the Sign of the Cross.
|"The RCIA process was more than I ever expected it to be. When I first began I was skeptical of what the church and holy trinity were about. Being a part of this faith is so much more than I expected it to be. I am more connected with God now than ever before I my life. I find a peace and serenity every week when I come to the supper of the lamb. I would recommend to anyone seeking more peace, happiness, and revelation that they should come closer with God through the RCIA process!"
To inquire about the process of RCIA at St. Maria Goretti Parish, contact the RCIA office at 268-2960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.