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RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

How adult men and women become Catholic.

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About RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process in which adult men and women are initiated into the Church. It is the parish community, through its witness, worship, service and catechesis, that offers the invitation and support necessary for men and women to be initiated into the Church.

Adults who are not yet baptized are accepted into the process as Catechumens, and those already baptized in another recognized Christian tradition are welcomed as Candidates.

The Director of the process, together with a team of Catechists and sponsors, journeys with the catechumens and candidates for a number of months, meeting weekly. The Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are received at Easter each year.

RCIA adapted for children

The goal of this special sacramental program is to prepare young people who are not baptized, or who have been baptized in another Christian denomination, for the sacraments of Baptism (or profession of faith), First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation.

The program opens the young people to an awareness of God’s personal love for each of them and initiates and/or deepens their journey of faith.  Parents are involved in the catechesis of their children through resources to use at home. Through this home study, parents have an opportunity to renew their own faith and are introduced and/or more fully incorporated into the parish family.

 

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