RCIA Gathering

The RCIA~ Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which non-baptized men and women enter the Catholic Church, and those baptized in other Christian faiths enter Full Communion with us. It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass. Participants in the RCIA are known as Catechumens (non-baptized) and Candidates (those seeking full communion).

They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of initiation.

The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church, which was restored by the Second Vatican Council. Since 1974, the Rite for Christian Initiation for Adults has been in use in the United States.

What is RCIA?

RCIA is the new - though truly old - process introduced by the Church in the 1960s, to prepare adults for Catholic baptism. Actually based on the tradition of the very early Church, RCIA is now embraced in dioceses all over the world. No longer do individuals seek out private "tutoring" with a priest in order to become "converts." Today, this gradual embrace of Catholic doctrine -- and receiving of the Holy Spirit -- involves the learner, the priest and the entire parish community.

Learners progress through a time of "inquiry," (early questioning), to the "catechumenate," (intense study) and through "purification and enlightenment," (preparation for the Easter sacraments). At Easter Vigil, in a powerful, spirit-filled liturgy, they are baptized and become "neophytes." And, like the rest of us, they continue with conversion that will last the rest of their lives.

Anyone who feels called to volunteer, or to learn more about the Church as an "inquirer," is invited to call the parish office.

Sessions are hosted throughout the year: weekly from September to Easter, and monthly from Easter to the end of August. Meeting times, dates and locations vary. They are announced on this website and in the weekly bulletin.