Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil,  thousands are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

This process is done in three parts:

1. Inquiry

We do this in Alpha, where we ask the big questions about life and faith, specifically the Christian faith. During this time, we consider if we want to become a Catholic. If we do, the next step in becoming a…

2. Catecheumen

Catecheumen is the word the Church uses for someone who is praying and studying about becoming Catholic. We begin to discuss more in depth the teachings and beliefs of the Catholic Church. Last, we complete our initiation into the Catholic Church through…

3. Receiving the Sacraments

Typically done at the Mass called the Easter Vigil, Catecheumens receive the sacraments and become Catholic. This is a huge celebration that the whole community shares in with you. It's a beautiful Mass to welome you home to the Church and celebrate this new life.