Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a journey through distinct spiritual phases of increasing maturity whereby one prepares to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church through seeking the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist/First Holy Communion.
- Any Unbaptized person seeking to follow Christ in His Church by way of making preparations for Christian discipleship through Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist/First Holy Communion. Such a person, after a period of inquiry into the faith and initial conversion to Christ is called a Catechumen.
- Any Baptized person from another Christian community seeking to become Catholic through making preparations for Confirmation and First Holy Communion. Such a person, after a period of inquiry into the faith, is called a Candidate.
- Any Baptized Catholic looking to increase their devotion as a disciple of Jesus Christ through completing the other sacraments of initiation (Confirmation and/or First Holy Communion).
Baptism of older children Ages 7 -17
Children who are above the age of 7 and who are not yet baptized or have not had prior catechesis in the Catholic Church participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation Adapted for Children. This process is dependent on the support of the parents and family, as children are not yet adults. The process may take 2 years or longer, but is also readiness-based so the time does vary per individual. Discernment interviews take place prior to beginning sessions, as well as throughout the process to discern readiness. The sessions typically begin in September and families must attend sessions together.
Confirmation for Adults
Catechesis for adults preparing for Confirmation follows the pattern recommended in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
What should RCIA look like?
The rite of initiation is…a spiritual journey…that varies according to the many forms of God’s grace and the free cooperation of the individuals (RCIA, Introduction #5).
This journey includes not only the periods for making inquiry and for maturing, but also the steps marking…progress, as they pass…or ascend to the next level (RCIA, Introduction #6).
What’s the first step?
Contact Robin Harris to schedule a personal appointment and discussion of your inquiry. Please remember this is a process and there is no commitment to be made until you are ready to make a Profession of Faith. There are several steps in the process, so the only commitment you make initially is to take the First Step and Inquire. Please complete and bring this form to your scheduled appointment: RCIA Inquirer's Form
We look forward to hearing from you!
Formation Office hours of operation are Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For your convenience, our formation staff can set an appointment for your family needs. To set up a personal appointment contact Robin Harris for more information on how you can connect into the life of the parish and Church: [email protected] or 817-510-2726.
Director of Faith Formation