“Once you have surrendered yourself, you make yourself receptive. In receiving from God, you are perfected and completed.”
- Blessed Fulton J. Sheen
The RCIA, or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the Church's process of journeying with adults who are inquiring about the Catholic faith. The RCIA helps adults to grow in their relationship with God, become familiar with Catholic practices and teachings, become acquainted with people in the parish, and get involved with service to the community.
It is not just a program, but the ancient tradition by which men and women join the Church. Beyond an opportunity for the candidate to get all the answers to their questions about the Church, it is a chance to grow in relationship with Christ and come to a greater understanding of the Christian life God meant for us to live.
How It Works
When individuals begin to inquire, they are invited to join a small group who will help them to discern how they are called by God to conversion of mind and heart. This group will journey together as the inquirers are prepared for full and active life in the church as disciples of Jesus.
This process is for non-Catholics who wish to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. However, many who wish to join the Catholic Church have already been baptized in another Christian Church. They will participate in the RCIA process but will not be re-baptized.
Typically, the process begins in September and runs through the Easter Season with registration in the summer months (see weekly bulletin for announcements). However at any time during the year, if an individual is inquiring, arrangements can be made to begin the journey.
Lay parish members are also needed for the RCIA team to walk the journey with those seeking to become Catholic.
Children over 7 years old who have not received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are invited to participate in a similar process. Please call the parish office for details.
If you are already Catholic, but have fallen away from the Church, we invite you to come back. Regardless of why you left or got out of the habit of going to Mass, you can always come home and return to the practice of the sacraments and the fullness of relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church he founded. Please contact the parish office and we can help you come home again!
Interested in learning more about RCIA or a parishioner wanting to help? Please contact Tina Bowie, our RCIA Director, for additional information.
The 2017-2018 RCIA meeting schedule is available.