RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Catholic life is an expression of the mission entrusted by Jesus to the Church He founded.
“Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples; baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
(Matthew 28: 19-20)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults and children of catechetical age become members of the Roman Catholic Church. The process is concerned with the total formation of the person as believing, living, praying, and serving with the Church community. This journey culminates in the celebration of the Initiation Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist at Easter time.
The Rite is designed primarily for those seeking baptism. However, because of the nature of conversion as an ongoing reality, the RCIA can be adapted for those baptized in other Christian denominations now seeking membership in the Roman Catholic Church and those uncatechized Catholic adults wishing to complete their Sacraments of Initiation. As such, the RCIA is a flexible process that respects the faith development of each individual while maintaining the ideals and vision of the Catholic community.
What makes this so exciting is that candidates in the RCIAprocess journey with members of our parish who wish to deepen their own personal relationship with the Lord and the faith community. This process allows those seeking the sacraments and those members of the community to share their experiences, journeys and personal growth with Christ and/or their call to faith and how they came to the Lord.
Adults seeking the Sacraments of Initiation and folks who would like to journey with our candidates can call Andrea Draper in the Adult Faith Formation Office at (714)529-1821 x 136.
For information on Rite of Christian Initiation Adapted for Children, contact Mike McHenry at firstname.lastname@example.org