rite of christian initiation of adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a restoration of the ancient practice of initiation into the Catholic Church.


Before 1988, a system of "convert classes" or "Catholic instruction" was provided by the parish priest for an individual seeking baptism.  Since 1988,  the Church has approved the use of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults as the normative practice for initiation into the Catholic Church.   Now, preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation includes all aspects of parish life experienced through word, worship, community, and service.  


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is divided into four separate periods of time that are each marked by a step that is celebrated within the community.  The first step is the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, the second step is the Rite of Election, and the third step is the Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation.  


Who may enter this process of the RCIA?  Anyone who is over seven years of age and is seeking baptism and wishes to become a member of the Catholic Church enters the RCIA.    


If you are interested in discovering more about the Church or would like information about becoming Catholic, we welcome your inquiry. 


Baptized Christians who are seeking to be received into full communion of the Catholic Church are also invited to contact our office.


If you are already baptized in the Catholic Church, but have not completed the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation, please call for an appointment to discuss how we can help you complete the Sacraments of Initiation.



Eileen Smith 949-234-1354  esmith@missionparish.org