RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the process of faith formation for those interested in becoming Catholic.
Who comes to RCIA?
RCIA is for:
- anyone age seven or older who is not baptized
- people who have been baptized in another Christian tradition and who are now considering becoming Catholic
- adults who were were baptized in a Catholic Church but have not yet received First Communion and have not yet been confirmed
What is the process like?
The initiation process consists of four periods - Inquiry, the Catechumenate, the Period of Enlightenment and Purification, and Mystagogia.
♦ Inquiry -- The Inquiry Period is of no set length of time. During this time people are encouraged to come and ask questions about the Catholic faith. This is a time for people to find out enough information about Catholic life that they can decide if it is the way in which they understand God is calling them to live.
♦ Catechumenate -- The Catechumenate Period lasts about a year. It is the time for serious study, prayer, and participation in the worship and life of the parish. During this time the person is helped to be formed in the Catholic way of life.
♦ Enlightenment and Purification -- The period of Enlightenment and purification lasts six week and coincides with Lent. During this time, people who have discerned that God is calling them to be fully initiated with the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist (Communion) and Confirmation, spend time prayerfully reflecting on the deep commitment of the Catholic Christian life.
♦ Mystagogia -- The Mystagogia Period is the time after initiation during which the newly initiated members of the Church spend time to discover the meaning of the mysteries of God into which they have been given the privilege of participating. Mystagogia - exploring the mysteries - is a lifelong process. One never finishes learning about God!
Contact Corrie Solis for more information.