Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic way of life. Children who were baptized as infants are also initiated through an adapted process of this rite.
What is RCIA:
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process of welcoming newcomers into full communion with the Catholic Church. RCIA involves not just the newcomer or "inquirer" but all the members of the community who, by prayer and personal example, help the inquirer find a home in the Catholic faith community.
RCIA is open to all adults including those who are already Catholic, who seek to refresh their faith or want to learn more about our Catholic Christian tradition.
RCIA is for persons who have never been baptized. These men and women are called "Catechumens."
RCIA is also for persons who have been baptized in another Christian faith, but are seeking to join the Catholic Church. These men and women are called "Candidates."
And those who have been baptized in the Catholic faith but who have never received the Sacraments of Eucharist and or Confirmation. They are also called "Candidates."
RCIA is a powerful means of evangelization and catechesis employing a process similar to the one used to spread the good news in the first few centuries of the Church. Adults who have experienced RCIA say that it is a life-changing process whose fruit is a more meaningful life and an intimate relationship with Jesus, the Christ.
Parishioners may serve as sponsors for a catechumen or candidate. Sponsors help to nurture the faith life of the catechumen or candidate by listening, helping to answer questions, and by their prayers and faithful witness to the gospel.
Those interested in learning more about the RCIA process, to start or complete their sacramental initiation in the Roman Catholic community, to learn more about their faith, or to become an RCIA team member, may contact Joe Varone.
Rite of Ongoing Conversion celebrated at Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Albany, New York - March 9, 2014