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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which an unbaptized* person (7 years of age and older) becomes a Catholic. “Since children who have reached the use of reason are considered, for purposes of Christian initiation, to be adults ...,” they are also eligible for RCIA. National Statutes For The Catechumenate. This Rite was restored through Vatican Council II.

“The RCIA is one rite divided into various periods that respect the individual’s journey of faith.” The RCIA – Transforming The Church. They are, the Precatechumenate (Inquiry), the Catechumenate (fuller preparation with catechesis), Purification & Enlightenment (time of discernment for making a formal request for the sacraments of initiation), and Celebration of The Sacraments of Initiation (takes place at the Easter Vigil) and Mystagogy (a time of catechesis and reflection). The exact amount of time for this process is contingent upon where a person is on his/her faith journey.

*Persons who have only received Baptism may be candidates for “Full Catholic Communion.”

(Note: If you are interested in being part of the RCIA ministry, please click on this link.)

Candidacy For Full Catholic Communion

Persons who are baptized but have had little Christian upbringing may participate in formation classes, as is deemed necessary and/or appropriate, based on the “extent to which the baptized person has led a Christian life within a community of faith and been appropriately catechized…” Appendix III National Statutes For The Catechumenate”.

Reception into full Catholic communion takes place at the Sunday Eucharistic Liturgy of the parish community.

If you are interested in becoming Catholic, or if you have a child who is 7 years of age or older who needs Baptism, please contact Polly Duncan Collum, Director of Religious Education & Lifelong Formation at 245-9733 x13.