Rite of Christian
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which
adults become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church. The
RCIA focuses on Christian initiation of adults through the reception of
the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist, celebrated in a
single liturgy during the Easter Vigil. Teenagers who wish to enter
the Church can join adults in the RCIA. The Rite of Christian
Initiation of Children (RCIC) is modified to accommodate children from age
The RCIA is not a new concept. Rather, it is the method by which
people came into the Church in the first several centuries. The Second Vatican Council
restored this ancient practice; the bishops of the world wisely decided to
emphasize anew a concept that had been lost over time.
Basic Concepts of the
Conversion is a journey of faith.
Becoming Catholic is coming into a community of
The RCIA takes place in an experience of community.
The RCIA stages are celebrated in community with
appropriate liturgical rites.
The RCIA experience follows the flow of the liturgical
The RCIA process encourages authentic
The Four Phases of the RCIA
The period of INQUIRY is a time of getting acquainted and
becoming comfortable in the company of other seekers and Catholics.
The CATECHUMENATE phase marks the beginning of formal
instructions in the faith. Unbaptized inquirers in this phase are
called CATECHUMENATES and inquirers coming into the Church from another
Christian denomination are called CANDIDATES.
The third phase is the LENTEN PERIOD OF PURIFICATION AND
ENLIGHTENMENT. This is a time of reconciliation and prayer.
The last phase of the RCIA process is MYSTAGOGY. New
Catholics use this time to reflect on the RCIA process, and the parish
community helps them to begin participating in parish
For more information on the RCIA program, please
contact the parish office.