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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA is a year-round process through which non-baptized adults or baptized adults of a different Christian denomination may enter into Full Communion with the Catholic Church. Baptized Catholics who have not received the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation may also join us.

Those who are not baptized receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Those who are baptized in another Christian denomination receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Those baptized Roman Catholic but not catechized will receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

Inquirers' Sessions

There are Inquirers’ Sessions for those who would like to start their exploration of the Catholic Church. These inquiry sessions are held on Thursday evenings. You may find this video helpful, How Do I Become Catholic?  If you are interested in attending, please contact Norm Bross

The Christian Initiation Process

We accompany you through:
(1) The initial stages of asking and seeking;
(2) Starting involvement with the Catholic people;
(3) Hearing the Gospel proclaimed and by faithful reflection and prayer on this Word of God;
(4) Study and discussion about Catholic experience;

(5) Doubts and hesitations;
(6) Individual discernment of God's call for you;
(7) The steps of commitment;
(8) The sacraments of initiation:
(Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist)

Who is this process for?

Those who:
(1) Are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church;
(2) Have never celebrated baptism;
(3) Have celebrated Baptism in another faith and are interested in the Catholic Church;
(4) Are baptized Catholics who have not yet received Eucharist or Confirmation;
(5) Or, are married to a Catholic and attend Mass, but just need to know the next step to become a Catholic

 

RCIA and Sacramental Preparation for Teens

This is an ongoing process for students in grades 7-12 who are seeking full initiation (BaptismConfirmation and Eucharist) into the Catholic Church or who have not yet received First Reconciliation or First Eucharist. Teens meet as a small group with a catechist, who prepares them for reception of the sacraments. The group attends LIFE TEEN Masses and dismisses after hearing the Gospel to discuss what they’ve heard. Teens also attend weekly LIFE Nights to aid in their catechetical formation. For more information, contact Amanda Koppes.

RCIA for Children

This is an ongoing process for children, seven years to twelve years old (6th grade), who have not been baptized or have been baptized in another faith tradition and wish to become Catholic. This yearly process provides children with a basic understanding of their faith as well as prepares them for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation—Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. For more information, contact Maria Muscado.

 

Interested in becoming a Catholic?

Catholics Come Home has a comprehensive website with information about what it means to become a Catholic.

What is RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, is a communal process for formal initiation of new members into the Catholic Church. This process is a return to the formation of the earliest members of the Church in the first and second centuries. Click here to learn more about that process

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