April 18, 2017
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 Eucharist. Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church he founded, this journey takes place through distinct phases over a period of time suitable for the participant, through weekly learning sessions, meeting the parish community, attending Mass and gaining an understanding of the 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.
Who is RCIA for?
1. Persons in need of baptism
2. Persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic
3. Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and Confirmation
How long is the RCIA process?
The time varies and is dependent on each individual, but is rarely shorter than six months or longer than two years. The Church greatly respects the time each person needs for conversion and decision.
What do you learn in RCIA?
We cover a number of topics on the Catholic faith, from the very basics to moral and social situations. Participants will learn about Jesus Christ and why we follow him. This is a great opportunity to come ask questions and learn in a comfortable, friendly setting. The RCIA team represents a diverse group of Catholic faithful who are honored to share their love of the faith.
Interested in learning more? Contact Marie Staffa at
or call the Parish Ministry Center at
, ext. 124 for information.