RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the liturgical and formational
process of Christian initiation. The Rite of Christian Initiation was revised and restored
in 1972 in accordance with the mandate of the Second Vatican Council and by decree
of Pope Paul VI. National statutes for the catechumenate were approved in the United
States by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1986. And, finally, the Rite of
Christian Initiation of Adults was mandated for use in the United States beginning on
9/1/88.

The reinstatement of the RCIA restored a vision of the Christian community
embraced by the early church, the vision of a people with conversion as its primary
focus, the faith community as its context, and discipleship as its goal. The initiation of
adults is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful and is
highlighted by a series of Rites, which are celebrated within the Mass, our greatest
communal event.

Adults of any faith who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church
are invited to join the RCIA process. Catholics who are willing to share their faith by
sponsoring an adult seeking to join the Catholic Church, as well as those Catholics who
would like to learn more about their faith are encouraged to attend. The RCIA process
begins the Wednesday after Labor Day and culminates on the second Wednesday after
Easter. Sessions are held every Wednesday from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the Parish Activity
Center. RCIA participants attend the 11:00 AM Mass and are sent forth to reflect more
deeply upon the word of God which was shared at the Mass. The RCIA process is a
true spiritual blessing for all who become involved!