The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process by which non baptized candidates are received into the Roman Catholic Church. Baptized members of other Christian denominations who wish to join the Catholic Church are not baptized again, but are received into full communion with the Catholic Church through penance, profession of faith, confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist. RCIA stresses formation in doctrine, liturgy, Church life, and service and involves the larger Church community in welcoming, instructing, helping and praying for Candidates.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is RCIA for?
People who have never been baptized
People who have been baptized in another Christian faith
People baptized in the Catholic Church and have never received the Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation
People who have received the sacraments through the Catholic Church and have spent time away from the practice of their faith
What is a sponsor, and do I need one?
The sponsor's role is that of a mentor who shares his or her experience in the course of companioning the catechumen. They offer support, encouragement and guidance and will stand with you when you are receive the Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church.
What is the cost?
There is no cost for the RCIA program.
If I start, am I obligated to become Catholic?
There is no obligation or pressure to make any kind of commitment to become a Catholic. We respect the conscience and decision of every inquirer. Because of your association with us we would hope that you would gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Catholic beliefs and practices.
How Do I Start?
If you are interested in more information regarding our RCIA program, please contact the parish office. We would love to help you learn more about the Roman Catholic faith!