Who is the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults for?
The RCIA, or Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, is the process by which inquirers learn more about the faith of the Catholic Church and are accompanied by a caring and faith-filled community as they progress in their journey of faith. This process acknowledges the gradual nature of conversion, and our goal as a parish community is to walk with you as we come to share our faith, hope, and love more deeply.
The Catholic Church designed the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) process for any adult who is
• Unbaptized and recognizes a need for spirituality in their life
• Baptized and raised in another Christian tradition, but interested in learning about the Catholic faith
• Baptized in the Catholic faith or another Christian faith tradition, but never received any formal religious training
How do I get started?
You will begin with a one-on-one meeting with an RCIA team member. This is a good time to share where your faith life has taken you and what brought you to this point. Any questions you may have will be addressed here. RCIA is not an instructional program—it is a process of conversion created by the Church to welcome those who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith and in turn may want to become Catholic. As you discern God’s call for you as an individual, you will experience rituals of commitment and the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist), which will begin for you a new life of love, faith and justice lived in communion with Catholics throughout the world!
Conversion: What is it and what does it mean?
Conversion means change, moving from where we are to where God would have us. Conversion affects every part of our being, giving us a new way of understanding ourselves and the world around us. Conversion is an on-going, lifelong process initiated by God. We do not control conversion—we accept it as coming from God, drawing us closer to Him and His unconditional love, which we then willingly share with others.
How long does it take to become a Catholic?
It takes long enough for conversion to happen. Depending on your previous faith experience, the circumstances of God’s grace, and the process of discernment, the Rite of Christian Initiation for the unbaptized can take a minimum of one complete liturgical year. For the baptized, the process can be adjusted to accommodate your life experience of faith. Since the process of conversion is unique for each individual, some people may require more time than others to prepare for this lifetime commitment.
If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and the Sacraments of Initiation, please contact Deacon Bill and Sherri Justice (928) 287-3052 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also fill out the inquirer form in the parish office.
ADULT CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
Confirmation is the sacrament by which Catholics receive a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Through Confirmation, the Holy Spirit gives them the increased ability to practice their Catholic faith in every aspect of their lives and to witness Christ in every situation. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.
Who is Adult Confirmation for?
The Adult Confirmation program is for those who were baptized Catholic as a child and received their First Holy Communion and now desire to complete their initiation in the Catholic Church and receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Study of Catholic doctrine, the sacraments, morality, and prayer are among many of the topics discussed in this process. In addition, this process focuses on the nature of the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, as well as on conversion, the Gospel, professing the faith, and personal prayer.
Where do I go from here?
If you are interested in learning more about the Sacrament of Confirmation or about completing the Sacraments of Initiation, please contact Deacon Bill and Sherri Justice (928) 287-3052 or at email@example.com. You may also fill out the registration form in the parish office.