RCIA:
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
Description
The RCIA is a communal process that involves a number of stages punctuated by liturgical
rites to aid and assist potential converts (adults and unbaptized children 7 years or older)
toward the final rite, usually at the Easter Vigil, at which time they will become full members of
the Roman Catholic Church. The entire process takes several months, (ideally a minimum of
one complete liturgical year), but participants are generally invited to proceed at a pace
which suits them individually. The Church prefers to call this a process and not a program.
Outline of the RCIA Process:
  • Period of Evangelization or Pre-catechumenate
  • First Step:  Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens or
    the Rite of Welcoming the Candidates
  • Period of the Catechumenate
  • Second Step:  Election and the Enrollment of Names or the
    Rite of Calling the Candidate to Continuing Conversion
  • Period of Purification and Enlightenment
  • Third Step:  Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation or
    the Rite of Acceptance of Baptized Christians into Full
    Communion with the Catholic Church (Celebrated at the
    Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday evening)
  • Period of Post Baptismal Catechesis or  Mystagogia
Persons who must participate in the RCIA process:
  • Unbaptized adults who wish to become Catholic
  • Unbaptized children 7 years or older who wish to become
    Catholic
  • Baptized Catholic adults who have not received the
    sacraments of First Eucharist or Confirmation
  • Adults who have been baptized in another Christian faith
    and who now wish to become Catholic
If you are interested in entering into the RCIA process or would like
more information about the Catholic Church, please contact Teresa
Sanchez at the parish office (210-533-9108).