What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process by which one explores faith and life in the Catholic tradition. The Rite is modeled after the initiation process used in the first centuries of the early Church. It includes a combination of study, prayer, and participation in the liturgy and certain rites at Mass. Participants, known as
catechumens, undergo a process of conversion – seekers to disciples - as they study the
Gospel, profess their faith in Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, and
receive the Sacraments of Christian Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
How Long Does RCIA Take?
How long does it take for any relationship to develop? We all journey on different paths at different times. The Period of the Catechumenate, or period of instruction, can last for as long as several years or for a shorter time. It all depends on how the catechumen is growing in the faith. When a catechumen and the RCIA Team believe the individual is ready to make a full faith commitment to Jesus and the Catholic Church, a request is made and the Rite of Election celebrated.
There are several, distinct periods of formation. Some occur during certain times in our church year. Others are ongoing and tailored to an individual's journey.
Period of Evangelization and Pre-catechumenate
This period is also known as the Period of Inquiry. After consultation with an advisor, the "inquirer" may decide to seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens or Candidates.
The Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens and The Rite of Welcoming the Candidates
In both the Rite of Acceptance (non-baptized inquirers) and the Rite of Welcoming (validly-Christian baptized inquirers), the inquirer states his or her desire to become a member of the Catholic Church and the assembly affirms that desire, welcoming the individual into the catechumenate.
Rite of Election
The Rite of Election, held on the first Sunday of Lent, enrolls the names of "the elect" seeking the sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the coming Easter Vigil, which is known as the Rite of Reception.
What If I Am Already Baptized?
RCIA offers classes for men, women and children in grades 4 through 12, who are validly-baptized Christians but not Roman Catholics, into full communion with the Catholic Church through the receipt of the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
What If I Am Not Already Baptized?
RCIA offers classes for men, women and children aged 6 or older into full communion with the Catholic Church through the receipt of the sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).
RCIA (Adults 18+)
Groups form periodically and then meet regularly, typically on Monday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. or whatever time works best for the participants.
RCIA adapted for Children and Teens – to begin the preparation period to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist).
If your child/teen has:
NOT been baptized (over the age of six) OR
If your child is in the 3rd grade (or older) and has not celebrated First Holy Communion
Family RCIA requires a year of catechesis/formation before beginning the formal RCIA process. If your child has not had any prior catechesis/formation, the sacramental preparation process will be around 2 years long.
Family RCIA offers youth (3rd - 6th Grade) who desire to be brought into full communion with the Catholic Church the time and environment to be formed in the teachings and practices of Catholicism, and so prepare them for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
Family RCIA will meet Sundays from 10:15-11:30am starting September 23, 2018. (Location to be determined.) At least one parent/guardian must attend each session with their child. During each session there will be time for children and parents to be instructed separately as well as time for parent and child to break open the faith together. Because we believe that parents are the first teachers of the faith for their children, the Family RCIA process will focus not only on preparing the child for the sacraments, but also preparing the parents to continue to cultivate and grow the faith as the children get older.
If you would like to register for Family RCIA please fill out the attached registration form. Once we receive your registration, the coordinators of RCIA will be in contact with you to set up an initial interview (this initial interview is something we do with every participant, so that we can get to know their current situation and so best meet their needs as they prepare for the sacraments).
RCIA for TEENS requires a year of catechesis/formation before beginning the formal RCIA process. If your teen has not had any prior catechesis/formation, the sacramental preparation process will be around 2 years long.
RCIA for TEENS offers high school age youth (7th-12th Grade) the time and environment to be formed in the teachings and practices of Catholicism, and so prepare them for full communion with the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
For high school teens interested in joining the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, RCIA for TEENS is held on Sundays from 10:15-11:30am.. (Location to be determined.)
Click on a link below to download, complete and submit the registration form: