Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Catholic Church warmly welcomes those who seek to become Roman Catholic Christians. The RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) is the process through which adults are initiated into the Christian faith community and way of life and specifically into the Roman Catholic faith tradition. Rather than simply being a "course of instruction", the RCIA is an immersion into a Christ-centered way of living. The process is concerned with the total formation of the person into BELIEVING with the church community (doctrinal formation), PRAYING with the church community (liturgical formation), and SERVING with the church community (apostolic formation). This gradual process of conversion of our minds and hearts to God and the ways of God develops at the invitation of the Lord, over time, through learning by experiencing and sharing together the call of God in one's life to relationship with the Lord, and to faithful and faith-filled discipleship with other adult seekers in the community of faith. Participants are invited to reflect on their life experience, on the Word of God in the sacred scriptures, on the teachings of the Catholic Church and to share with other believers in the public and private prayer of the Church. The RCIA process encourages an ongoing conversion to Jesus Christ and the Good News of the Gospel and growth in one's relationship with God and neighbor. This process culminates in the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at Easter.
The RCIA is designed for individuals seeking baptism, that is, those not previously baptized. It is also for those who are already baptized in other Christian denominations and who now seek to live out their Christian calling as Roman Catholics. It is also for already baptized Catholics who wish to receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Children