Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Are you interested in becoming Catholic? We invite you to embark on a journey of faith that leads to a lifelong commitment as a member of Christ’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. This journey is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
RCIA stresses the need for a living experience of the Church as “people of God” and not just knowledge about the Church. A person’s desire to turn towards God (conversion) and become connected to a community does not happen instantly, but takes time as the Holy Spirit nurtures that deepening desire within.
The usual length of preparation is approximately nine months to 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. Keep in mind however that there’s no obligation to become Catholic. We respect the decision of each inquirer and understand that the journey of faith is taken one step at a time.
Topics Discussed During RCIA
Our weekly sessions cover a broad range of topics because the Catholic faith encompasses the whole fabric of our lives. Some of the topics discussed include the study of Sacred Scripture and Tradition, the Trinity, the Sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation, the Eucharist, Holy Matrimony, the Anointing of the Sick, and Holy Orders), prayer, Mary, and the Saints.