Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Not a Catholic?
Thinking about becoming a Catholic?
Baptized in another faith?
Like to know more about the Catholic Faith?

The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) is the Catholic Church's way of bringing new members into the community of faith. It can be looked at as the "formation program" for those entering the Church.

Who should consider RCIA?
  • Catholics who were baptized as small children,
    but have not learned much about their faith
    and have not received the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a process—people on a journey of faith. It is through the RCIA process that adults come into the Church. It's open to those individuals who are merely inquiring about the Catholic Church as well as those who have already decided to become Catholic. Some participants come from other Christian traditions. Several each year have never been baptized, and a few are those individuals who were baptized Catholic, but never received religious education or any of the other sacraments.

Most of us know people who fit into these categories. Maybe they just need a nudge from you to get them rolling and on their way to a new phase in their faith life. Maybe you yourself suddenly realize that you need to be a part of this process. Either way, you could be a messenger of the faith for someone. One of the responsibilities we have as baptized Catholics is to spread the Word of God and the Good News of Jesus. So many people are searching for meaning and direction in their lives. But we have the most to offer to people --- a relationship with Jesus Christ!

Soon, we will be starting this year’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Sounds complicated, so what is it? It is the usual process for people to enter into the Catholic Church. It is a time for discernment in the Spirit, if God is truly calling a person to become a baptized Catholic. It is an opportunity for those who are already Catholic but missed out on the sacraments of Holy Communion or Confirmation.

Each year the process begins in September and culminates at the Easter Vigil in the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The group will be meeting on most Sundays beginning in the Fall and running right up to Easter. The sessions will take place after the candidates have been dismissed form Mass. It is a great way to become part of the Church and meet some new people.

RCIA will begin at Saint Pascal in early September. To add your name to the RCIA list, or for more information, please leave a message for Jane Maher at 773-725-7641.