Interested in Becoming Catholic?
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
God invites his people to a new way of living, to a change of heart. RCIA is a process of conversion, a journey of faith to help one discern whether entering the Catholic Church is what is best for them. This is accomplished through regular meetings with other inquirers to learn, pray and begin to experience what life in this community is all about. In addition to these weekly meetings, rites will take place to punctuate the stages of the person's faith walk. This journey of faith leads the inquirer toward a lifelong commitment as a disciple of Christ, and if he/she so chooses, becomes a member of the Catholic Church.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take?
The RCIA is not a class or program. It is a process of conversion. It prepares one to embark on a journey of faith that leads to a lifelong commitment as a Catholic. This is not just for those who participate in the RCIA. All Catholics are called to daily conversion and renewal - to be on this faith journey.
The usual length of preparation is approximately one year. Some people may feel they need more time to prepare. In most cases, the initiation of new members is celebrated at the Easter Vigil.
What takes place in the RCIA?
The RCIA involves 4 stages, each marked by a special ritual celebrating the person's deepening desire to say "yes" to living the Catholic faith.
The Inquiry - a time for searching for God, for meaning in life, or for asking initial questions and seeking answers about the Catholic faith.
The Catechumenate - a time of being formed by the gospel and of leaning more in depth about the Catholic tradition.
Purification & Enlightenment - a time during Lent of prayer and deeper reflection as one prepares to receive God's new life at the Easter celebration.
Mystagogia - a time after the Easter celebration to unfold the mysteries and deepen one's understanding of what it means to "become" Eucharist and live Christ's mission in our world
RCIA meets weekly on Sunday mornings and also on occasional Thursdays.
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