RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which non-baptized men and women enter the Catholic Church. It is also for those baptized in a different faith tradition who wish to become Catholic, or for those baptized Catholic, but uncatechized. It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass. Participants in the RCIA who have not been baptized are known as catechumens. Participants in the RCIA who are coming from a different faith tradition are called candidates. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, the teachings of the Catholic Church, as well as its liturgical and sacramental life. At the Easter Vigil the Catechumens will receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Participants that were baptized in another faith tradition will profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism. In 1974 the Rite for Christian Initiation for Adults was formally approved for use in the United States.
Sessions are held on Monday evenings 7:00-9:00 p.m.
For more information contact Kim Jaresh at the Church office