The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which non-baptized men and women enter the Catholic Church. It includes several stages marked by study, prayer, and rites at Mass. Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens. 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 RCIA 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.
An unbaptized person may wish to explore becoming a Catholic. Every fall, a group of adults gather to begin that process. They meet regularly with lay leaders and Father Codega, our pastor. The group (known as the Cathechumenate) moves in stages or steps toward Lent and the Easter Vigil when Baptism is celebrated.
Someone baptized in a Christian church may now wish to be a Catholic. They meet in a group similar to the Catechumenate to receive instruction, guidance, and support. Reception into the Church also takes place at the Easter Vigil.
A baptized Catholic, who is not yet confirmed, may be eager to continue in his or her faith. We also offer these persons instruction and support as they prepare for their confirmation at the Easter Vigil.
Classes begin the last week of October
If any of these cases apply to you, please contact Lauren at (401) 433-2600 ext 105 or at firstname.lastname@example.org