A Strong Start in the Faith
There are 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, filling more than 221,700 parishes. Each year, many adults are called to join the Catholic faith. How does someone join the Catholic Church? Through a process called the RCIA.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is designed to meet the needs of adults wanting to become Roman Catholic or who have been baptized as Catholic, but have not received further religious education and have not received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. It is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about Catholicism and the Church’s process for becoming Catholic.
What does the process entail?
Anyone with questions about the spiritual life or about Catholic teaching is directed to our “Inquiry” sessions. There, you are invited to share your questions, and we try to give brief, clear answers and offer some elements of the wisdom for life given us through the Catholic faith. ‘Inquirers’ are invited to consider RCIA. In RCIA they are introduced to the Scriptures, Catholic doctrine, the Catholic life of prayer, and begin to acquire a sense of the Catholic moral universe. They begin to hear more deeply the call of Jesus in their daily lives. They meet active Catholics, as well as other people like themselves who are seeking. After a while they are invited to commit to a serious program of spiritual growth, in preparation for receiving the initiation mysteries: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. They are prayed for by the whole parish, participate in special liturgical rites and blessings, gather and discuss the Scriptures read at Mass, and interact with practicing Catholics from all walks of life. In short, they participate for some months in a process of formation in faith that usually climaxes at the Easter Vigil as they become full members of the Catholic Church.
The elect are fully initiated into the Church when they receive the sacraments during the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. What better way to celebrate being fully initiated into the Church than when we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord. For the newly initiated, the period known as mystagogia lasts fifty days and is a meaningful time spent on reflecting further on the sacraments they just received as well as the commitment they made to the Lord and to their community. From all of us at St John Baptist De la Salle, we hope to see you and welcome you home!
For more information,visit Christian Initiation of Adults | USCCB