Basilica of Saint John the Baptist

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

R.C.I.A.


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A)

 

Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil,  thousands of men and women are received into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new members through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and at a liturgy bringing men and women into full communion with the Catholic Church.

 

RCIA  is for adults who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. 

 

The teaching sessions for RCIA are held on Thursdays, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM weekly from mid- September until Easter.

 

 

Outline for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

A JOURNEY OF FAITH


PERIOD OF EVANGELIZATION AND THE PRECATECHUMENATE:

  • Inquiry
  • Each One Called By Name
  • Telling Your Own Story
  • Questioning

 

PERIOD OF THE CATECHUMENAE:

  • Begins with the Rite of Acceptance
  • The Traditions of the Church
  • Exploring Catholic Worship
  • The Sacraments
  • Living an Apostolic Life

 

PERIOD OF PURIFICATION AND ENLIGHTENMENT:

  • Begins with the Rite of Sending and Rite of Election
  • Call to Conversion and Repentance
  • Scrutinizer Our Lives
  • A Time of Retreat
  • Prayer

 

THE GREAT EASTER VIGIL:

  • Initiation through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist
  • Neophytes

 

PERIOD OF MYSTAGOGY:

  • Post Easter Reflections
  • Celebrations
  • Not an End but a Beginning
  • Sebnt on Mission