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A process of exploration
Exploration, discernment, and discovery.
"Knowing The Content To Be Believed Is Not Sufficient Unless The Heart, The Authentic Sacred Space Within The Person, Is Opened By Grace." - Pope Benedict XVI
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is not a commitment, but a process of exploration, discernment, and discovery. It is a process which explores the Good News of Jesus Christ in the Gospels, the tenets of the Catholic faith, core Christian values, and the development of a personal relationship of prayer with God.
It is born from and oriented towards the Catholic community, allowing you to explore that to which God is calling you.
Who is RCIA for?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults may be for you if you answered "yes" to the following questions.
1. Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith?
2. Are you a member of another Christian faith who is seeking to join the Catholic Church?
3. Are you a baptized Catholic who never received any First Communion or been confirmed?
4. Do you have younger children who you would want to be fully initiated into the Church?
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest."
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“The reason for our existence is to quench the thirst of Jesus. When he asked for water, the soldier gave him vinegar to drink—but his thirst was for love, for souls, for you and me.” - Mother Teresa of Calcutta
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is not technically a Sacrament, but rather is a process for adults to enter into the Catholic faith.
Based on the various backgrounds of each participant, RCIA includes several or all of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion, First Confession and Entrance into Full Communion.
"It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you."
Pope John Paul II
Non-Baptized Adults: For Adults (the age of 7 and older), the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion) can only be celebrated at the Solemn Easter Vigil Mass (the Saturday evening before Easter Sunday). Adults, through the RCIA process, are prepared to receive these Sacraments through various educational gathering (catechesis) and prayer services over the course of an academic year.
According to ancient Christian tradition, the one to receive the Sacraments should also have godparents (a godfather and/or a godmother)/sponsor. The requirements to serve as a godparent/sponsor are as follows:
-A fully initiated Catholic
-Must be at least 16 years of age
-Cannot be the mother or father of the person receiving the Sacraments
-Cannot be under ecclesial penalty (such as, excommunication).