The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a restoration of the ancient practice of initiation into the Catholic Church. Before 1972, the format of "convert classes" or instruction given by the parish priest to an individual seeking baptism was the normal practice. Since 1988, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults changes this practice. Now, preparation into the Christian way of life is done by the parish community, around the word of God. Catechumens, those persons seeking to become Christian, are joined with the community of the faithful in the Sunday celebration of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. It is here that they learn to discern God's call to follow Christ and begin to serve the Mission of Jesus Christ in the today's world.
The Rite of Christian Initiation is divided into four separate periods 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 enters 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 or someone you love is interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church or would like more information about becoming Catholic, please contact our office.