The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a series of liturgical rites and instructions designed to prepare adults gradually for full incorporation into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Initiation. The process involves fellowship, prayerful deliberation, and a period of formal education in the teachings, practices, and traditions of the Church.
Who is welcome to enter the RCIA?
Persons who have not received any or all of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist).
Members of Christian communions who desire to know more about Jesus Christ as He is pro-claimed, celebrated, and lived in the Catholic Church.
Fully-initiated Catholics who want to refresh their understanding and commitment to the Catholic faith. Many “Cradle Catholics” and seasoned “converts” have found the RCIA to be very helpful in their own formation; some of these avail themselves as “sponsors” who accompany people on their journey to full sacramental initiation. By their participation, parishioners show that RCIA is a parish–wide celebration.
Anyone eager to continue the journey of faith.
For more information contact: Kari Mallozzi at 610-921-2729, ext. 2203 or email@example.com.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Children
This form of the Rite of Christian Initiation is intended for children, not baptized as infants or who are baptized but have not received any formal catechesis, who have attained the use of reason (age 7 +) and are of catechetical age. They seek Christian initiation either at the direction of their parents or guardians or, with parental permissions, on their own initiative. Such children are capable of receiving and nurturing a personal faith and of recognizing an obligation in conscience. But they cannot yet be treated as adults because, at this stage of their lives, they are dependent on their parents or guardians and are still strongly influenced by their companions and their social surroundings.
Children beginning this process are placed into regular Religious Education classes with their peers. During the first year these children will complete the Rite of Acceptance during a Sunday mass. During their second year they will continue in classes with their peers and also attend classes together for immediate preparation for their Sacraments of Initiation. All students who are ready and prepared will receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil in their second Academic year of classes.
Regular attendance at Mass and classes, as well as active participation in class discussions and activities, is required of all participants. All children need a sponsor who is an active member in the Catholic Church who will be able to be present at the Easter Vigil. There will be various activities for the sponsor and child to complete together throughout the year. If the family is unable to find a sponsor for the child, we will help find a good match in the parish.