Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

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Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

“The sacraments of Christian initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist - lay the foundations of every Christian life. The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults from other faith traditions are received into full communion with the Catholic Church. RCIA is a journey of faith that not-yet baptized adults, as well as baptized adults, complete with the help of a sponsor, the catechists, the discernment team, and above all, on the strength of their own conviction and desire to grow in their faith.

The RCIA program at Holy Name Parish and St. Clement Parish is typically about nine-months long, beginning in July and ending shortly after the Easter Vigil Mass. During these months, the weekly sessions focus on an introduction into Scripture, the Catholic Creed, the Mass, the Sacraments, and other various topics such as Mary, the Saints, the Holy Spirit and Grace, and Catholic Social Teaching.

  • Inquiry: the initial period before you decide to enter the Catholic Church. You’re asking questions and checking it out, but aren’t yet ready to commit.
  • Catechumenate: In this stage, you’re developing your faith and are being “catechized” – learning catechism, or the basic points about Catholic faith and life.
  • Purification and preparation: The Church will help you focus and intensify your faith as you prepare you to commit your life to Christ and be received into the Church at Easter.
  • Initiation itself, the culmination of the whole process!
  • Mystagogy: after reception into the Church at Easter, this period lets you reflect and learn more about the mysteries of the Mass and the Sacraments that you now participate in fully.

"Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” John 1:38