The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is the Catholic Church's way of forming and welcoming new members.
Those who participate in the process are introduced to various aspects of church life: worship, creed, prayer life and outreach to other members of the community.
RCIA meets weekly. Sessions typically include prayer, information in some aspect fo the Catholic faith and small group discussion time. Participants are also expected to take part in weekend worship.
Throughout the process, the community prays in a specail way for those who are learning about the faith. Candidates are initiated gradually through a series of liturgical rites into the faith. Those who choose to join the church receive the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil. The feat of Pentecost marks the end of the official process.
INVITATION TO A JOURNEY OF FAITH
- Those who have never been baptized.
- Those baptized in another Christian faith tradition who may be interested in joining the Catholic Church.
- Catholics who were baptized but never confirmed.
- Anyone who just wants to learn more about the Catholic faith. Perhaps you are engaged or married to a Catholic and want to know more about your partner's religion. Maybe your children are being raised as Catholics and you want to better understand the faith tradition they are leaning. Or maybe you've attended Church with a Catholic friend and would like to know more.
WHAT IF I'M NOT SURE I WANT TO BE CATHOLIC?
That's fine! Throughout the process you are the one who decides if you are interested in learning more. Even if you decide to continue, there is no final commitment to join the Church until much later in the process.
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