Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the primary way the Church welcomes new members. The thrust of RCIA is not merely making new members in the Christian community; rather RCIA emphasizes growing “disciples of Jesus.”

RCIA is a process which provides an atmosphere of prayer, support and sharing on the journey toward initiation for those seeking membership in the Catholic Church and for those seeking full communion with the Catholic Church. It provides formation for the Christian life that goes beyond mere instruction and ultimately involves the entire community whose lives bear witness to the faith. This process is also utilized and adapted for children and teens who may be seeking membership in the Catholic Church. Groups meet on Sunday mornings. We gather for the Liturgy of the Word with the community at the 9 am Mass. After the homily, catechumens, candidates, sponsors and catechists are sent forth by the community to break open the Word and reflect on Catholic teachings.

RCIA can be described as the way to full communion in the Catholic Church or, "how to become a Catholic"

In the Letter to the Ephesians (4:17-24), Saint Paul teaches that to be a Christian means to live in a radically different way than the way offered by the secular society that surrounds us. Being a Christian means acquiring a new mind and heart—the mind and heart of Christ Jesus—as we journey toward God’s Kingdom.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the primary way the Church welcomes new members. The thrust of RCIA is not merely making new members in the Christian community; rather RCIA emphasizes growing “disciples of Jesus.”
Through RCIA, unbaptized persons encounter Jesus by hearing the sacred scriptures proclaimed, by immersing themselves in the Tradition of the Catholic Christian community, and by discovering the Risen Jesus present concretely in the seven sacraments.

What is the RCIA?

RCIA is the process that the Church has designed to help women and men respond to the impulse of God’s Spirit, drawing them to community fellowship in Jesus Christ, to personal holiness, and to engage in loving service in the world.
RCIA is bringing the "Good News" alive in the modern world.

The letters "RCIA" stand for the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults", the document flowing from Vatican II which guides the process by which adults are initiated into our Roman Catholic community. The RCIA describes a process in which men and women are guided and cared for as they awaken in faith and are gradually introduced to the Catholic way of life.

The RCIA process is a series of carefully planned stages, marked by liturgical rites in the presence of the whole community, in which new Catholics embark on and join us in a continuing and deepening conversion into faith and discipleship. The RCIA takes the distinctive history and spiritual needs of each person into account, differentiating between the baptized and the unbaptized, the catechized and the uncatechized. The needs of mature, practicing Christians from other faith traditions are considered on an individual basis.

The RCIA draws its model from the "catechumenate" of the ancient Church. Becoming Christian in the early days of the Church involved a sharp break with the surrounding culture. New Christians entered into the joy of new life and a life-sharing community of faith, but also entered into a way of living which demanded deep commitment and entailed great risks. In the modern world, our faith also demands deep commitment -- our beliefs and the beliefs of our society are often in tension. The Church revived the catechumenate -- embodied in the RCIA -- because new believers in the modern world need careful preparation and caring support as they enter into the mysteries of Christ and the commitment of Christian living.

RCIA Hospitality

This group provides breakfast refreshments every Sunday for those in the RCIA process. Volunteers prepare the hospitality table in Morgan Hall at 8 am each Sunday.