The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), also called the Catechumenate, is a process of initiation into the Catholic Community of Faith for persons who are experiencing a conversion in their lives and seeking either Christian baptism in the Catholic Church or full Communion with the Catholic tradition of Eucharist and Confirmation. It is a process which enables the study of the Gospels, Catholic Christian teaching, the acceptance of Christian values and morality, the development and deepening of a life of prayer and action with the support and involvement of the local Christian community. The RCIA is more than a course of instruction. It is a process of conversion, designed to meet the unique and individual needs of the participants.
RCIA is for:
- Non-Catholics who want to find out more about the Catholic Faith
- Those who want to join the Catholic Church through Baptism, or Profession of Faith
- Those who were baptized Catholic as infants but never received religious education, Confirmation or First Eucharist
RCIA meets every Monday night from 7:00pm – 9:00m in the Rectory basement. There is no charge for the classes and all materials will be provided at no cost.
RCIA for Children and Teens, also known as RCIC/RCIT, is a program adapted from RCIA that concentrates on youth aged between 7 and 17 who have not been baptized or who are baptized but have not received their 1st Holy Communion and/or Confirmation. RCIA for Children and Teens is open to both parishioners and non-parishioners who are in need for preparation for these Sacraments and for the reception into the Roman Catholic Church. Whether your family is just entering the church, is returning from time away, has decided as families to delay the children’s sacramental preparation, or any other circumstances, ALL are welcome!
If you are interested in beginning the process of inquiry to the Catholic faith or wish to consider giving the gift of your time to journey as a sponsor with an inquirer, please contact one of our RCIA/RCIC leaders.
Kathy DeBano at 586-294-1904