The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults - RCIA
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is an initiation process for adults wishing to enter the Catholic Church through Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist. Baptized Christians desiring to complete their initiation through Confirmation and/or First Eucharist may also attend. The process includes “formation” by which candidates are invited into the activities of the church and to ask any questions they may have. It also includes “information” which involves catechetical sessions through which the candidates learn about the beliefs, moral teachings, structure, key historical moments and sacramental life of the Church. The process then moves into Lent when these candidates and all Catholics are called to a period of purification and transformation. At all points, the candidates are invited to ask questions and share their thoughts.
Because we are a sacramental Church, various stages of the process are celebrated within the liturgy. Early in the process candidates are welcomed at 9:00 Mass. Just before Lent, those who have not been baptized receive first a copy of the Creed, then a copy of the Lord’s Prayer at daily Mass. The first Sunday of Lent all who are not yet Catholic meet at 9:00 Mass where they are ritually “sent” to the Cathedral for the Rite of Election later that afternoon. The Bishop then greets each person individually and welcomes them. Throughout Lent there are special recognitions of those preparing to enter the Church at 9:00 Mass. Finally, they are received into the Church at the Easter Vigil, which is a wonderful celebration; some are baptized, all are confirmed and those entering the Church receive the Eucharist for the first time.
Catechetical sessions are held at the Family Life Center on Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. in the classroom. Candidates are asked to participate in 9:00 Mass throughout the process, and they are dismissed after the homily to “break open the word” with one of the catechists.
Anyone interested in joining the process is asked to contact Sandy Gay at 477-1236 or email
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children - RCIA for Children
For parents with children who have not been baptized but who seek to enter the Catholic Church, the RCIA process is adapted for their special needs with age-appropriate formation. For more details, please contact Robin Suire at 337-477-3937 or email