Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process that is divided into various periods that respect the individual's journey of faith.  It is for those seeking Baptism and full reception into the Catholic Church to learn and experience the workings of the Spirit in this journey.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process for those adults who are not baptized Catholic or who are not in full communion with the Catholic Church but have a desire to learn about it and embrace the Catholic faith. It formally begins in September with an introductory meeting, and then continues with weekly meetings through Easter. Weekly gatherings offer time for inquiry, discussion, sharing, and spiritual reflection. During Advent and Lent, there are special rites during weekend Masses in which to participate. This leads to the reception of the sacraments of initiation at the Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. We warmly welcome anyone interested in becoming involved in this vital program. Volunteers from the parish serve on the planning team, offer support, and hospitality.

 

Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children, RCIC, is a conversion process for children of catechetical age (3rd grade) whose parents wish them to be initiated into the Catholic Church. This process involves regular meetings lead by a designated catechist and usually with other children to learn about the Church's teachings. These sessions are designed and scheduled based on families' needs each year and usually culminate with entry into the Church at the Easter Vigil service. Parents must be registered members of the parish or participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. This program is also appropriate for older children who were baptized as infants but who have not continued their formation and made reconciliation or their first communion.