Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA is a process through which adults learn about the Catholic Faith and enter the Catholic Church. Entry occurs annually at the Easter Vigil (Saturday evening celebration before Easter Sunday).

Contact: Nadia Clayton, Sean Murphy

For more information, see Ministry: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

RCIA is designed for three distinct groups:

  1. Those who are un-baptized
  2. Those who have been baptized in a non-Catholic Christian faith tradition
  3. Baptized Catholics who have not completed their sacraments of initiation (Eucharist and/or Confirmation)

Phases in the RCIA and approximate times:

  • Inquiry - no commitment - up to the individual
  • Catechesis - (learning about the Catholic Faith) varies from several months to two years
  • Elect - six weeks prior to Easter
  • Neophyte - seven weeks following Easter

Note: Previous marriage issues may not be an obstacle to beginning the process but must be resolved in order to receive sacraments.

Definitions

Catechumen: an un-baptized person in the catechesis phase who wishes to become a Catholic.

Candidates: baptized Christians in the catechesis phase who wishes to become a Catholic.

Elect: those in the final six weeks prior to the Easter celebration who will enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.

Neophyte: those who entered the Catholic church at the Easter Vigil and are completing the final classes in their journey.