Adult aged 18yrs and older
RCIA—The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
RCIA is a process of study, exploration, faith-sharing, and faith formation with specific liturgical rites for non-baptized adults who desire to be fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church and/or baptized adult Christians who desire full communion in the Roman Catholic Church.
Adults 18 years of age and older who have not been baptized and desire to join the Church are invited into this ancient and ever new celebration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The RCIA process is marked by regular classes and rituals by which participants are introduced to the liturgy, the teachings, and the life of the Catholic Church. Adults or older children who were baptized in another Christian denomination prepare in a similar way for the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist during their reception into the Catholic Church.
The RCIA is a process that proceeds over weeks and months. It has several steps:
This is the earliest phase in the process; it is also known as the Period of Inquiry. Catechumens and Candidates acknowledge that Christ is calling them into the Church through the movement of the Holy Spirit. This is a time for seeking and reflection.
Rite of Initiation
The first Rite in the RCIA process, the Rite of Initiation accepts new members into the worshipping community.
The longest part of the process, the Catechumenate is a time of learning and formation in the traditions and doctrine of the Catholic Church. This is a time for sharing stories, reading scripture, and studying the Church customs, traditions and doctrine. Participants also participate in worship services and various Church rituals.