Rite of Christian Initation of Adults (RCIA)
What is R.C.I.A?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established by the universal Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation — Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. RCIA dates back in its primitive form to the time of the apostles and early fathers of the church. The purpose of RCIA is to gradually initiate individuals into the faith and life of Christ and His One Holy Apostolic Church.
Who is RCIA For?
As Christ taught all who came to Him, so the Church teaches all who seek Him. Thus, RCIA is fro anyone - those who may be unbaptized, those baptized in other faith traditions, and baptized Catholics who wish to receive additional sacraments. We welcome those interested in becoming members of the Catholic Church, as well as those Catholics who have been away from the practice of their faith and are considering a return to active participation.Those who are already faithfully practicing Catholics are also welcome to attend and learn more about the richness of our faith. All are welcome! If you are interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about Catholicism, contact our Parish Office.
What Will RCIA Classes Cover?
"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers."
As in the early Christian communities RCIA classes will look at the four main pillars on which the life of faith rests. First, it will cover “the apostles’ teaching,” that is, the Creed which contains in it all the essential pieces of the Catholic faith. Next, it will consider the Seven Sacraments and especially “the breaking of bread” which is an ancient term for the sacrament of the Eucharist. Further, it will look at God's Commandments which are summarized in charity or “fellowship.” Finally, it will discuss “the prayers” of the Church and how one enters into Prayer.