“This is the day the LORD has made, let us rejoice and be glad. Alleluia.” – Psalm 118:24
What does RCIA mean?
RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is a guided journey to prepare for sacramental initiation and entry into the Catholic Church. This journey is also one of individualization prayer, reflec-tion and learning that allows for the continual discern-ment of God’s plan in our lives.
Candidates, those already baptized, and catechumens, those who have not been baptized, both participate in this learning, loving process of conversion. Sponsors, the RCIA team and the entire parish community are involved in walking with and supporting the RCIA candidate along their faith journey.
Who belongs in RCIA? This process is for anyone who:
- Desires to know more about the Catholic Church.
- Is unbaptized and wants to become a Catholic Christian through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
- Is a baptized Christian (in another faith tradition or Catholic) who desire full sacramental membership in the Catholic Church through Confirmation and Eucharist.
- Attends the Catholic Church and is questioning if the Catholic Church is for you.
- Was baptized in the Catholic faith but left or has had little or no contact with the Church.
- Was baptized in the Catholic faith but has never celebrated Eucha-rist and/or Confirmation.
An inquiry class is offered annually beginning in the fall to introduce adults to the Catholic Faith who have not been baptized into the Catholic Church, those who have already been baptized into the Christian faith or another denomination or those who wish to deepen their under-standing of the Catholic faith and tradition.