The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the sacramental process by which interested persons become members of the Roman Catholic Church. The RCIA is primarily a journey of faith. It is also for Catholics who have been baptized but have not received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation.
Are you searching for…
- A deeper understanding of God?
- A faith community?
- A greater sense of purpose and meaning for your life?
Have you been curious…
- About the difference between the Catholic and Protestant Bibles?
- About why priests cannot marry?
- Or why women are not ordained?
- About how Catholics relate to Mary and the saints?
- What Catholics believe about same-sex marriage, homosexuality, or contraception, and why?
Sign up for our RCIA program and get the answers to these questions and more.
RCIA candidates are led into a period of formation and transformation through prayer, instruction, and reflection on Sacred Scripture. The church community ritually celebrates and supports the candidates at various points in their journey.
Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands of men and women are received into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new members through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and at a liturgy bringing men and women into full communion with the Catholic Church.
The program involves weekly meetings from September through Easter with our RCIA team and others interested in learning more about the church. While it is the formal program for initiation into the Catholic Faith, the ultimate decision to join the church is not made until the end of the sessions just before the Easter season.
For more information on the next RCIA session and/or the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation, call the Parish Office at 724-863-9550.