Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Are you feeling called to the Catholic Church?
Are you unsure about what to do?
You can’t let go of the feeling that this is where you should be?
Do you have a friend or relative who is searching for a faith home?
Are you a Catholic who needs to complete initiation through Confirmation and/or First Eucharist?
Do you have a child or children who were never baptized?
Do you have a child who was baptized in another faith tradition, but wants to live as a Catholic Christian?
The RCIA process is for you. It is comprised of a five stage process to aid you in answering these questions as you respond to Gods invitation. The stages are:
This is the initial period before you decide to enter the Catholic Church. You are checking it out, but not yet ready to commit.
This is for when you decide to enter the Church and are being trained for a life in Christ. You are now referred to as a catechumen. In this stage, you’re developing your faith and are being catechized on the basic points about the Catholic faith and life.
Purification and preparation
The Church in this stage will help you to focus and intensify your faith, while you prepare to commit your life to Christ and be received into the Church at Easter.
This rite is the culmination of the whole process! You’re received into the Church during the Easter Vigil Mass, where you’ll receive the sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
This is the period after your reception into the Church at Easter, where you take the time to reflect and learn more about the mysteries of the Mass and the Sacraments that you now participate in fully.
If you have questions or know someone who does, please feel free to contact:
Deacon David Belanger
St. Patrick’s Church Office