Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
“When Jesus turned and saw the disciples following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day.”
• Do you feel a longing for the presence of God in your life?
• Would you like to grow in your relationship to Jesus Christ?
• Would you like to have a better understanding of the Catholic Church and its traditions?
Then “come and see”. . .
The RCIA is a journey for those who have never been baptized or baptized into another Christian tradition. It is an invitation to come, ask questions and discover how God is already working in your life. It is a process that unfolds over time.
First there is a period of INQUIRY, which is just that, a time for questions, reflection, prayer and to foster a relationship with God, through his Son, Jesus Christ.
Once a person has discerned that he or she would like to continue on this journey, the next phase is called the CATECHUMENATE. This is a time of more intense study, specifically centered on the Church’s teachings, prayer life, community, and to spreading the message of Christ through word and actions.
Each year, 40 days before Easter, the Church celebrates Lent. During this time, those on the RCIA journey spend time reflecting on our human sinfulness and how through God’s mercy we are redeemed. This is called PURIFICATION and ENLIGHTENMENT.
The climax of this journey, which usually occurs at Easter time, is entering into the waters of Baptism, Confirmation (outpouring of the Holy Spirit) and Holy Eucharist (receiving the Body and Blood of Christ). For those who have already been baptized in another Christian tradition, he or she publicly professes their faith in the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Finally, there is a period of reflection and further unpacking of all that he or she has experienced on this journey. This is called MYSTAGOGY.
If you feel a desire in your heart, pulling you to “come and see”, please contact your nearest Catholic parish for times and dates to begin your journey of faith.