Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

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Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

Have you been thinking about joining the Church?

Do you feel drawn to Catholic liturgies and tradition? Would you like to deepen the meaning of your presence at Sunday’s liturgy? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, prayerfully consider joining on the path of discovery of your true spiritual identity.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults are received into full communion with the Catholic Church. RCIA is a journey of faith that not-yet baptized adults, as well as baptized adults, complete with the help of the catechists, and especially on the strength of their own conviction and desire to grow in their faith.

The RCIA program at Holy Name Parish, St. Dominic Parish and St. Clement Parish begins in the fall and ends shortly after the Easter Vigil Mass. During these months, the weekly sessions focus on an introduction into Scripture, the Catholic Creed, the Mass, the Sacraments, and other various topics such as Mary, the Saints, the Holy Spirit and Grace, and Catholic Social Teaching. There is another session offered in the spring and summer months and ends in August.

What Sacrament can I receive as a result of participating in RCIA?

“The sacraments of Christian initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, Penance and Reconciliation and the Eucharist - lay the foundations of every Christian life. The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishment of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, cleansed by the sacrament of Reconciliation, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1212)

  • Initiation: Is the culmination of the whole process!
  • Inquiry: This is the initial period before you decide to enter the Catholic Church. It is the time to ask questions and check it out before you are ready to commit.
  • Catechumenate: In this stage, you’re committed to developing your faith and are being “catechized” through learning the catechism and the basic points about Catholic faith and life.
  • Purification and preparation: The Church will help you focus and intensify your faith as you prepare you to commit your life to Christ.
  • Reception: When you are ready to commit, you will be “received” into the Church.
  • Mystagogy: This is the period after you are received into the Church at Easter. This period lets you reflect and learn more about the mysteries of the Mass and the Sacraments that you now participate in fully.

"Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” John 1:38