What is RCIA?
RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Through this process, people are introduced to the essential teachings of the Catholic Faith. The goal is for participants to be able to make an informed decision to join the Catholic Church through the reception of one or more of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
RCIA is for Adults:
**We are currently looking to form a larger RCIA team. Volunteers are needed for this ministry! Practicing Catholics are urged to prayerfully consider this opportunity. Training will be provided. For more information, contact Karen Stockton or Justin Loviglio. (See contact information below)
Stages of RCIA
INQUIRY This is 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 Those who decide to enter the Church and are being trained for a life in Christ are called catechumens, an ancient name from the early Church. 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 to commit your life to Christ and be received into the Church at Easter.
INITIATION This is the culmination of the whole process. You're received into the Church during the Easter Vigil Mass, where you'll receive the sacraments of initiation: baptism, confirmation and Eucharist. If you've already been baptized, you won't be baptized again.
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.