Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
How do I become Catholic?
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What is the RCIA?
It is a process in which one studies the Gospels and Catholic Christian teaching, develops and deepens a life of prayer and action with the support and involvement of the local parish community.
The RCIA is more than a course of instruction. It is a process of conversion, designed to meet the unique and individual needs of the participants.
Four Periods of the RCIA Process
- Inquiry or Pre-Catechumenate
At this time participants are encouraged to ask questions and explore the basic principles of the Catholic faith and to reflect upon these in light of their own life experiences.
- The Catechumenate
It is during this time that most of the study of Scripture, doctrine, traditions and meeting with the community takes place.
- Purification & Enlightenment
For those preparing for baptism, this stage takes place during the Lenten season where they reflect upon their own faith experiences in a more intense, prayerful way. Baptized candidates reflect more deeply upon the meaning of their baptism and celebrate the Sacrament of Penance. As this period ends, candidates for baptism celebrate their initiation into the Church on the holiest of nights-the Easter Vigil – where they are baptized, confirmed and receive Eucharist. Candidates for full communion celebrate their Rite of Reception several other times throughout the year.
This is a time for candidates to reflect upon their experiences of being new Catholic Christians and find their place in the life of the Church.
Courtesy of St. James Cathedral
RCIA Coordinators and Leaders
Thank you for accompanying our fellow brothers and sisters in their search for truth. Thank you for taking on the responsibilities of:
- Instructing catechumens and candidates in the Christian faith by apprenticing them in the living Word of God, community life, prayer, and works of mercy (see RCIA 75)
- Calling the entire parish to be models and examples of living the Christian way of life
- Caring for the rites of the catechumenate by working with the presider and liturgical ministers
- Providing pastoral care to catechumens and candidates
- Assisting the catechumens in discerning and choosing good godparents, and approving their choice of godparents
Courtesy of Team RCIA
We hope the following resources will help you better serve and accompany catechumens and candidates in this amazing journey of encounter with Jesus in the Catholic Church.
Info to Submit to the Catholic Center
Resources and Helpful Links