Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

“Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house.”
Peter 2,5

Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil,  thousands are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Listed below are some questions and answers about the process of Christian Initiation. 


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

What is RCIA?

It is the process through which unbaptized explore the Catholic faith that may lead to a decision to join the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

People of other Christian denominations may find the process helpful as well when discerning a possible conversion.  People who are already Catholic may find the experience beneficial as well. 

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Stages of RCIA process

1. Inquiry – Open Door:

The initial period before you decide to enter the Catholic Church. You’re asking questions and checking it out, but aren’t yet ready to commit

2. Catechumenate

Those who decide to enter the Church and are being trained for a life in Christ are called Catechumens, an ancient name from the early Church. In this stage, you’re developing your faith and are being “catechized” – learning the Catechism, or the basic points about Catholic faith and life.

3. Purification and Elightenment

The Church will help you focus and intensify your faith as you prepare to commit your life to Christ and be received into the Church at Easter. If you’re following the RCIA process, you’ll go through a beautiful series of Gospel-based meditations during Lent, which is the time frame for this period.

4. Initiation itself

The culmination of the whole process! You’re received into the Church during the Easter Vigil Mass, where you’ll receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

5. Mystagogy

After reception into the Church at Easter, this period lets you reflect and learn more about the mysteries of the Mass and the Sacraments in which you now participate fully.

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Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith?

Have you been away from the Church and have questions?

Where do you begin to find answers?

Well, you just begin from where you are now! 

Why was this ancient rite restored?

Why was this ancient rite restored? It was restored in the Church to highlight the fact that the newly baptized are received into a community of faith, which is challenged to realize that they too have become different because of this new life in the community.