BECOMING CATHOLIC / RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)


The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a formation education process that takes place within the parish community for those joining the Catholic Church.  This culminates at the Easter sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation and Confirmation.

Once an initial contact is made and the interest of the inquirer is clear, those who have never been baptized prepare for the catechumenate.  It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass.  The catechumens undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.

Those who are previously baptized in another Christian tradition prepare as prospective candidates.  This initiation process prepares the candidate to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church by celebrating the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.

If you would like to join the Catholic Church or be a part of the RCIA Team contact the parish office at (515) 993-4482.