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.