Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Have you ever thought about Journeying with Jesus as a Catholic?
The "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults" may help you begin your journey.
What is it?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a gradual process through which adults are fully initiated into the Catholic faith community.
Who is it for?
Adults who are considering baptism into the Catholic Church, as well as those who have received baptism in a Christian Church and would like to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist as a Catholic.
What is the process? How long does it take?
The first stage is a period of "inquiry" and "evangelization." It is a time to learn more about Catholicism and discern whether or not to continue toward initiation. This stage has no time limit.
The second stage begins the formal process of preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation. It includes a variety of experiences (such as prayer, rituals, lessons, activities, etc.) which help individuals come to know Jesus and to become ready to join the Church as active members. The process is personalized according to the needs and the gifts of the individuals involved. This stage may last up to several years.
The third stage usually takes place throughout the weeks before Easter. It is a time of "purification and enlightenment" that includes special rites and more intense preparation to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter.
The fourth stage lasts for the fifty days of the Easter season. It is a time for deepening the Christian experience, for spiritual growth, and for entering more fully into the life and unity of the community.
Do you want to begin this journey of a lifetime?
(You will never travel alone!)
For information, please contact:
Fr. Dave Baranowski
St. James Church
767 Elm Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Would you like to help bring adults into the Catholic Church by sharing your faith?
Following the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), the normative means of entering the Church was restored in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). It is the process through which those who have never been baptized or those who have been baptized in another Christian tradition may become Catholics. With the assistance of catechists, sponsors and the whole parish community, we help those who wish to be initiated into the Catholic Church, especially through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at Easter.
This is a marvelous way to share your faith with those who come seeking to know Christ in His Church. There are many different ways in which the talents and gifts that God has given you can be used and shared with those who come forward to inquire about the Catholic faith.