Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a formal process whereby those who are unbaptised, are assisted in joining the Catholic Church by receiving what is called the Sacraments of Initiation. The RCIA team also assist adults from other faith traditions who are interested in becoming a part of our faith community.

The sacraments of initiation are made up of three sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. As adults, all three Sacraments are received at the same time, and this usually occurs during Easter time. Once all three Sacraments have been received, a person is then a fully participating member of the Catholic Church.

The RCIA is also called the Catechumenate: it is a process by which interested people (“Enquirers”) are brought into active membership of the Catholic Church. The RCIA provides people with a flexible framework for a shared journey of faith. It challenges us all to be open to the mystery of God in our life.

It is not the Catholic community that somehow magically bestows faith. God has been powerfully at work in the lives of these “Enquirers” long before they approach the church. The RCIA program aims to trust God’s grace at work in all of our lives, and keep a strong focus on Jesus.



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