The R.C.I.A., which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which non-baptized men and women enter the Catholic Church. (It is also for those baptized in a different faith tradition who wish to become Catholic, or baptized Catholic, but never confirmed) It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass. Participants in the R.C.I.A. are known as catechumens or candidates. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The R.C.I.A. process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism. In 1974 the Rite for Christian Initiation for Adults was formally approved for use in the United States.
The Rite is for adults (17 or older) not yet baptized or for adults already baptized in a different Christian tradition. Any adult baptized Catholic who needs to complete their initiation with the reception of the Sacraments of Penance, Confirmation and Eucharist would also be eligible for the classes. Beginning in late September, weekly sessions will be scheduled every Tuesday evening from 7:00 - 8:30.
If you are interested in the Catholic faith and would like more information, please call the Rectory at 215-725-1240.