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Becoming Catholic The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Thinking of joining the Roman Catholic Church? The Catholic RCIA stages are a good model of basic faith development. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism who are above the age of infant baptism. Candidates are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices.

RCIA unfolds in a series of stages. In the first stage, a person shows initial interest in the Catholic Church and a desire to learn more. He or she is an “Inquirer.” During the next period, called the Catechumenate, the person explores the teachings of the faith in a more systematic way. At Sunday Mass the catechumens and their teachers are often dismissed after the homily for further reflection on the readings of the day.

Learn more about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Contact the parish for more information at 814-899-3000.