The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process designed for adults who are interested in full participation in the Catholic Church but either have not been baptized, were baptized in a different Christian tradition or were initially raised Catholic but have not participated in the Eucharist or been Confirmed.
For participants in the RCIA who have little or no faith background and are unbaptized (“catechumens”), the process helps them explore the place of God in their lives and meaning or religion before it moves into the specifics of the Catholic Christian experience. Those who have been baptized Christian or Catholic (“candidates”) look more directly at the unique aspects of the Catholic tradition.
An RCIA team meets with the catechumens and candidates at least once a month over several months with an eye to the Easter Vigil as the occasion for Baptism or reception into the church by means of the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. The length of the process depends on the individual’s background and degree of readiness. In addition to RCIA meetings, catechumens and candidates participate in a monthly gathering of parishioners of all ages around a theme of Catholic teaching and practice. The season of Lent (February-March) has intensified preparation for the sacraments with additional rituals and events.
If you are interested in more information about the RCIA, please call the parish.