The initials RCIA stand for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is the rite by which the Catholic community welcomes adults into the Catholic Faith.
What are the first steps of RCIA?
Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church. After a conversation with a priest, or RCIA director, the person, known as an "inquirer," may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen.
What is meant by coming into full communion with the Church?
Coming into full communion with the Catholic Church describes the process for entrance into the Catholic Church for already baptized Christians. In most cases, these individuals make a profession of faith but are not baptized again. To prepare for this reception, the people, who are called Candidates, participate in a formation program to help them understand and experience the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church.
Our R.C.I.A. program at Our Lady of Peace:
Classes begin in late August and continue after Easter. We meet every Wednesday evening from 6:30 - 8:00. Our curriculum incorporates Church-approved resources for a balanced catechetical and spiritual learning experience. These resources include "Journey of Faith" from Liguori Press along with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and The New American Bible.
If you have any questions about our program or are interested in joining us, call Tammie Mang, Faith Formation Director at 838-9983.