Becoming Catholic (RCIA)
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is offered for those adults who are interested in becoming Catholic and being initiated into the Catholic Church. Adult preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation happens through RCIA.
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
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.
If Baptized in Another Christian Tradition:
For those who have already been baptized, known as Candidates for Full Communion, reception into the Catholic Church usually occurs at the Easter Vigil. This reception includes a Profession of Faith, Confirmation and Eucharist.
If Baptized Catholic, But Have Not Received Any Other 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.
The RCIA process was more than I ever expected it to be. I am more connected to God now than ever before in my life.RCIA Participant
Sr. Denise Herrmann, CSA
Pastoral Associate & Director of Liturgy and RCIA
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