7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Adults will participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation, with the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist) celebrated at the Easter Vigil. This faith-building experience is open to adults interested in the Catholic faith as well as those baptized and unbaptized persons wishing to come into full communion with the Catholic Church. The program utilizes various resources such as Journeys of Faith, United States Catholic Catechism, and The Word Among Us to help participants gain knowledge of the Catholic faith and develop a personal relationship with Jesus in the context of community. Please contact the parish office at 717-564-1321 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WHAT IS RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the Church’s process of welcoming newcomers into full communion with the Catholic Church. The RCIA program involves not just the newcomer or “inquirer” but all the members of the community who by prayer and personal example help the inquirer find his or her place in the Church.
The RCIA program is open to all adults, even those who are already Catholic that may be seeking a refresher about their faith or just want to learn more as they continue their journey of faith.
RCIA is for those persons who have never been baptized and seek to join the community of believers. These men and women are called “Catechumens.”
RCIA is for those who have been baptized in another Christian faith, but are seeking to join the Catholic Church. These men and women are called “Candidates.”
RCIA is for those who have been baptized in the Catholic faith but who have never been fully initiated, through the Sacraments of Eucharist/Confirmation. These are also called “Candidates.”
Others who participate in RCIA are: Catholic adults who serve as sponsors for the catechumens and candidates. These people have a very important role in helping to nurture and introduce the catechumens and candidates to the Church community by providing support, example and prayer.
The Four Stages of RCIA
- Inquiry | The initial period which may last from a few weeks to a few months where an inquirer is able to ask questions, share their stories, and reflect on the place of God in their lives.
- Catechumenate | A lengthy period of formation and reflection on the Word of God.
- Purification and Enlightenment | A tie of continued instruction coupled with more intensity preparation and prayer lasting through the season of Lent and culminating at the Easter Vigil with the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation.
- Mystagogia | The time after the catechumens and candidates have been received into full communion with the Church. During this time, the newly initiated are more fully integrated into the life of the Church.