The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (the RCIA) is the process by which adults are received into the Catholic Church. Non-baptized adults (catechumens) who wish to join the Catholic Church are received into the Church through baptism, penance, profession of faith, confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist. Baptized adults of other Christian denominations (candidates) are not baptized again but are received into the Church through penance, profession of faith, confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist. RCIA stresses formation in doctrine, liturgy, Church life, and service and involves the larger Church community in welcoming, instructing, helping and praying for both the catechumens and candidates.

The RCIA can also serve as a focus for ongoing conversion for all members of the Catholic Church. As Catholics see new members learning the doctrine, they are encouraged to study their faith. As they see the newly baptized begin ministries of service, they are encouraged to serve more generously. And those who act as sponsors, teachers, and “prayer partners” for the candidates have abundant opportunities for personal growth.

Commonly Asked Questions about RCIA

Who can inquire?
Any adult who is not baptized, a non-Catholic Christian or a Catholic who wishes to prepare for First Communion, Reconciliation and/or Confirmation.

Am I obliged to become Catholic if I begin RCIA classes?
No! To make such a commitment, you need to know more.  We encourage you to join us and discover more about the Catholic faith.  If you find it is not for you, you do not need to complete the process.

I have chosen to become Catholic.  When would I complete Christian Initiation?
You will celebrate Baptism, First Communion and/or Confirmation, as appropriate, at the Easter Vigil Mass.

I was baptized in a Protestant denomination.  Will I be re-baptized at the Easter Vigil?
No! Candidates seeking full Communion within the Catholic Church will not be baptized again. They will simply make a Profession of Faith and receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.

I was baptized Catholic but never received my Confirmation.  Is RCIA for me?
Yes.  Those who were baptized as infants and did not complete their sacraments are considered candidates and will prepare to receive the missing sacraments of Communion and/or Confirmation at the Easter Vigil.

RCIA does not met during the summer months.  Classes generally begin in mid-October and conclude with the Easter Vigil.

For more information, call Diane & Leo Letendre at 860-447-9177.