(RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
“Conversion to Christ, believing in the Gospel ultimately means this: To exit the illusion of
self-sufficiency in order to discover and accept one's own need — the need of others and God, the need of his forgiveness and his friendship.”
– Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Thinking about becoming Catholic? Are you a Catholic who needs to complete the sacraments of initiation? If you answered yes to either of these questions, the RCIA program is for you!
RCIA is the communal process of spiritual and educational formation through which adults explore the Catholic Faith and become fully initiated members of the Roman Catholic Church.
Classes are held on Sunday mornings at 10am and begin in early September. There are 4 stages in the RCIA program that are explored in the classes and through personal reflection: Inquiry, Catechesis, Purification and Enlightenment, and Mystagogy.
Classes culminate with the reception of sacraments at the Easter Vigil in the spring, followed by a few more weeks of classes to reflect on the sacraments received and prepare for active participation in the life of the Church.
The Stages of RCIA
Stage 1: Inquiry
During the inquiry stage you are learning about Christ and the Catholic Church. It is time to explore your faith and beliefs so that you can determine if you want to continue the process toward being received into the Church.
Stage 2: Catechesis
The catechesis stage focuses on learning more about the teachings of the Church, your faith and relationship with God, and how to live a Christ centered life.
Stage 3: Purification and Enlightenment
This is the final stage before receiving the sacraments and becoming fully initiated into the Church through baptism, confirmation, and the Eucharist. (If you have already be baptized in another faith tradition - in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit - you will not be baptized again.)
This coincides with the season of Lent where the entire Church will join you as you you reflect more intensely on your faith and are called into deeper conversion in preparation for Easter.
Stage 4: Mystagogy
Mystagogy during the Easter season is a period of continued reflection on the Mass and Sacraments. It is also a time of learning where you fit into the life of the Church and determining how you want to live that out.