Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
The R.C.I.A. is the special Rite of Initiation used by the Catholic Church in which participants progress through a series of stages designed to foster their inquiry, spiritual growth, and conversion. The RCIA is designed to foster not only a deeper understanding of Catholic faith and tradition but also a deeper more profound relationship with God. It is a gradual process that takes place within the context of the community of the faithful as well as weekly sessions held throughout the year.
The RCIA is designed to assist youth and adults who:
- have never been baptized, and wish to be baptized in the Catholic Church;
- have been baptized in another Christian tradition (Lutheran, Episcopalian, etc.) and wish to become Catholic;
- were baptized Catholic, but have not received First Eucharist and/or Confirmation
Initiation of the unbaptized and baptized Christians takes place at Resurrection of Our Lord during the Easter Vigil.
Our Parish RCIA runs year-round and has open enrollment. There’s no time like the present to begin your inquiry in the faith. Participants meet weekly throughout the year from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the lower church with the exception of various holidays, etc. Each session involves time for prayer, reflection and discussion on the Sunday readings, and topical presentations designed to not only instruct participants in Catholic faith and tradition, but more importantly to deepen their relationship with God.