What is the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)?
A program designed for non-Catholics who wish to learn more about the Catholic Church and for their Catholic friend or spouse.
A Catechumen is an individual who has not been baptized in any faith.
A Candidate is someone who has been baptized in another faith.
The process prepares you to become a member of the Catholic Church, if so desired.
Our pastor, Fr. Duchschere, leads this program. Sessions include an overview of assigned reading material, questions, answers, and discussions.
View the 2016-17 RCIA Calendar
RCIA sessions will be held at the church beginning mid-September. Subsequent classes will be every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. through mid-May, with breaks during holidays. Class is held in the Christ the King room.
To help us prepare for class, please register by calling Connie Dulany at the parish (235-5757) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three Rites are celebrated during the process: The Rite of Welcome celebrated by the parish as an introduction of participants to the parish and a welcome from the parish as they continue learning about the Church; The Rite of Sending celebrated by the parish as participants are sent to the Bishop for The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion when participants, along with their sponsors, go to the Cathedral to state their desire to come into full communion with the Catholic Church.
At the Easter Vigil, Catechumens are baptized, confirmed, and receive their first communion. Candidates, since they have already been baptized, are confirmed and receive their first communion, thus permitting them to participate fully in the sacraments of the Catholic Church.
"Some people begin RCIA with the intention of wanting to understand the Catholic faith, and during the course of the year recognize that coming into full communion with the Church is their desire."
For more information about RCIA, please contact Connie Dulany, RCIA Coordinator.