What has brought you to this page?
Perhaps you are married to a Catholic and are bringing your children up in this faith tradition. Or you attended a wedding or funeral of a friend or loved one and would like to explore this faith tradition more deeply. Maybe it is an interest in Catholic social teaching or an experience of the sacraments. Or perhaps you have a friend or family member who is Catholic and their present life is an inspiration.
The Catholic Church has a special process to help you learn more: the RCIA.
RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, where the faith journey of an individual is honored. Entering the RCIA is not a commitment to joining the Roman Catholic Church. The RCIA is, however, the process through which persons may join or complete their initiation into the Catholic faith.
Is the RCIA for me?
The RCIA is for three groups of people:
- Those who are not baptized
- Those who were baptized into another Christian denomination and who wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church
- Baptized Catholics who were not instructed in the Catholic faith and who have not completed their initiation through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
How does the RCIA work?
RCIA consists of four periods of formation which are marked by rituals that celebrate what has been completed and call a person into the next phase.
- The Inquiry or Precatechumenate
- The Catechumenate
- The Lenten period of Purification and Enlightenment
- Mystagogy or a time of deeper understanding of the ?mysteries.?