The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the normal way for unbaptized persons and those who have been baptized in another Christian tradition to become a Catholic. The RCIA is also appropriate for those who were baptized Catholic but have not completed all of the sacraments of initiation (Eucharist and/or Confirmation). Practicing Catholics are invited to serve as sponsors for those who are completing the RCIA process.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) process has several distinct stages, which include faith formation and sharing, prayer and community building to help those considering becoming Catholic:
Inquiry: The initial period before you decide to enter the Catholic Church. You’re asking questions and checking it out, but aren’t yet ready to commit.
Catechumenate: Those who decide to enter the Church and are being trained for a life in Christ are called catechumens, an ancient name from the early Church. In this stage, you’re developing your faith and are being “catechized” — learning the basic points about Catholic faith and life.
Purification and preparation: During the Lenten season, the Church will help you focus and intensify your faith as you prepare you to commit your life to Christ and be received into the Church at Easter. You’ll go through a beautiful series of Gospel-based meditations during Lent.
Initiation: The culmination of the whole process! You’re received into the Church during the Easter Vigil Mass, where you’ll receive the sacraments of initiation: baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist. (If you’ve already been baptized, you won’t be baptized again.)
Mystagogy: After reception 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.
RCIA meets on Thursday evenings at Resurrection from 7-8:15 p.m. Enter through the office door (left of the main church doors up the sidewalk). Classes begin each August. All are welcome! Contact Shaylyn for more information at 757-484-7335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.