Adults who wish to join the Catholic faith or those who were baptized but are in need of the other Sacraments of Initiation should contact the Parish Office. Classes typically form each Fall, but can be tailored to the needs and time constraints of each person. We are happy to help anyone seeking to enter the Church and receive the Sacraments of Initiation.
“The rite of Christian initiation…is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully” (RCIA 1).
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a special Rite of the Church for individuals who desire to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. It is a rite that not only involves those seeking to enter into the Church, but those members of the parish community who provide instruction, witness, and sponsorship to them. In fact, the rite involves the entire parish community, by inviting the community to participate in the renewal of their own faith, as they accompany those entering into the Church on their spiritual journey towards sacramental initiation.
The purpose of the RCIA is to deepen ones relationship with God, especially as it pertains to Jesus and his Church. This is accomplished as the participants journey through four unique periods in the rite that allow them to delve into catechesis, experience the life of the parish community and it apostolic mission, and participate in the liturgical life of the Church.
The RCIA is designed to assist youth and adults who:
- have never been baptized, and wish to be baptized in the Catholic Church;
- have been baptized in another Christian tradition (Lutheran, Episcopalian, etc.) and wish to become Catholic;
- were baptized Catholic, but have not received First Eucharist and/or Confirmation