Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Have you ever considered...
joining the Catholic Church?
THE JOURNEY OF FAITH
seeking a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith?
what it means to be Catholic?
cherishing a personal relationship with God?
making your Confirmation?
A person's faith journey always begins with God's initiation. God's presence can feel like a knocking door, a curiosity, a sense of wonder, a longing for healing, inner peace. Mysteriously, faith gradually changes from belief in something to belief in Someone with a desire to know that person even more.
The Church offers the opportunity to become acquainted with the Scriptures, its traditions and the Christian life, for those who have questions about the Catholic faith. This is the beginning of the process called RCIA.
WHAT IS RCIA?
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the way by which people become full members of the Roman Catholic Church. Full membership requires a total formation which culminates in the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. RCIA is a faith journey in which a person is introduced to the community, beliefs, liturgy, and apostolic work of the Catholic Church.
WHO IS IT FOR?
RCIA is designed primarily for those seeking Baptism. Since baptized Christians from other denominations may be seeking membership in the Catholic Church, the RCIA process is adapted to their needs as well. Baptized Catholics are also welcome who are seeking Confirmation, thus completing their initiation sacraments.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
The purpose of any program of Christian Initiation is to allow people the opportunity to deepen thier encounter with Christ and Catholic community. More is involved than merely learning a creed. The process involves several aspects:
Period of Inquiry and Rite of Acceptance The RCIA may be a one- or two-year process because it respects the readiness of a person. The inital stage is called Inquiry. When candidates are ready, they participate in the Rite of Acceptance, and enter the Period of Formation by reflecting on the gospel of Jesus in light of thier own life history. On the first Sunday of Lent, candidates assemble in St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC for the Rite of Election. After this, a Period of Sacramental Preparation occurs. Initiation sacraments take place during the Easter Vigil followed by a Period of Continued Growth and Reflection in which the candidates reflect further on the mystery of Easter and the ways in which they can become disciples of Jesus through the apostolic work of the Church.
Period of Formation
Rite of Choosing (Election)
Period of Sacramental Preparation
Sacraments of Initiation
Period of Continued Growth and Reflection (Mystagogia)
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