Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults includes prayer, study, discussion, spiritual preparation and the actual reception of the Sacraments by which one enters the Church.
The RCIA process always includes interaction with others – official representatives of the Church (at the liturgical ceremonies), those who are responsible for teaching, a sponsor, and others who are in the process of becoming Catholic.
At our parish, the instruction and prayer are done on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM. In addition to the Wednesday evening sessions, there would also be a limited number of other special events for RCIA participants. Those involved in this process are always encouraged to take advantage of other events offered in the life of our parish.
Who can participate in RCIA?
- The RCIA process is open to all people who are unbaptized and who express a desire to study Catholic Christian beliefs and practices. Unbaptized persons who are in this process are called “catechumens.”
- RCIA is also open to those persons who have been baptized in another Christian denomination and who wish to explore membership in the Catholic Church. These participants in the process are called “candidates (for admission to full communion with the Catholic Church).”
- Finally, the RCIA process is open to Catholics who have been baptized but who have not received the Sacraments of Confirmation and/or Holy Eucharist. These are “candidates for Confirmation.”
During the RCIA process, those preparing to enter the Church are recognized and blessed in several ceremonies, both at the parish and in a large group with other RCIA participants from throughout the diocese. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults culminates with the reception of the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil. The Easter Vigil is the solemn celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection that takes place on Holy Saturday night (the eve of Easter Sunday); it is the most important liturgy of the year. The celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation is an integral part of this liturgy.
For more information please contact Jessica Meyer.