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RCIA

 Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The Rite of Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which persons interested in becoming Catholic or inquiring into the Catholic faith are led through a prayerful study of our faith.

Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to serve as sponsors, help with hospitality, and provide administrative support. Good communication skills and desire to share your faith are important. Training is provided. Sponsors must be a practicing confirmed Catholics who receive the Eucharist regularly.


Frequently Asked Questions


What is RCIA?

RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
and is also adapted for Children it is the process by which a person investigates the Catholic church with the possibility of becoming Catholic.

Adults or Children who have yet to complete all their sacraments of initiation, preparation and instruction on joining the Catholic Church. It is a spiritual process whereby we listen more deeply to the call of God in our lives and offer a response.  If so desired, it is the process by which one can be baptized and be received into full Communion with the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation. (1 Year for Adults)

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults [R.C.I.A.] adapted for children is a program for families with children over age 7 who seek Baptism and First Holy Communion. Children will participate in catechetical, spiritual, and personal preparation for these sacrame0nts. (2 Years for Youth)

What is “Received into Full Communion?”

Those who have been validly baptized outside the Church (i.e. Lutheran, Baptist, etc.) may become a Catholics by making a profession of the Catholic faith and being formally received into the Church. This is normally followed immediately by confirmation and the Eucharist.

How long will this process take?

A normal time frame is  year to complete but the RCIA process may take a individual a 1-3 years to complete. This is on a case-by-case. It all depends on how the individual is growing in faith, what questions they encounter along the way, and how God leads them on this journey. During this time, the Student consider what God is saying to them in the Scriptures, what changes in their life they need to make to respond to God’s inspiration, and what Baptism in the Catholic Church means. When the priest and the parish team working with him or her believes the person is ready to make a faith commitment to Jesus in the Catholic Church.

I am baptized catholic but need Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Adults who have been baptized in a catholic baptism, but need the remaining sacraments of Initiation must go through RCIA.

I am baptized at a Christian Church (i.e Baptist, Lutheran, etc.)

Those who have been validly baptized outside the Church (i.e. Lutheran, Baptist, etc.) may become  a Catholics by making a profession of the Catholic faith and being formally received into the Church. This is normally followed immediately by confirmation and the Eucharist.

When will i make my Sacraments?

You will receive your sacraments at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.

What is the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday?

The Easter Vigil takes place on Holy Saturday, the evening before Easter Sunday. On this Night the Candidate and Catechumen will receive the missing Sacraments of Initiation. The Priest has the power to perform this event at Sunset and finish before sunrise. Usually this mass will last 2-4 hours at the most. It will depend on the class enrollment.

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