Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process used by Catholic parishes to welcome and prepare adults who are exploring becoming Catholic (or if already Catholic, completing their Sacraments of Initiation).
It is a journey of faith in community, during which information about the Catholic faith is shared and the drawing of one’s heart closer to God are joined to help the person live a fuller Christian life.
We meet weekly on Tuesday evenings beginning in mid-September and ending in April.If the participant chooses to complete the process and is ready, they generally join the Church and receive their Sacraments at the celebration of the Easter Vigil, on Holy Saturday evening.
RCIA Witness Testimonials
Pete was never baptized and his wife and children are all Catholic. He writes of his RCIA experience, “I had been attending Mass for over 30 years. I had put off going to the class because it seemed like I would never be able to get it done. If I had it to do all over again I would have done it MANY years ago. It was a great experience and it went by really fast. It was a true blessing that came at the right time in my life. Now my wife says that we get to spend all of eternity together and I can’t imagine eternity without her. Take the step to join RCIA, you won’t regret it.”
— Pete Proctor
This process has been so beautiful. Not only do you get an out pouring of love from the RCIA community, but the teachings on the Catholic Church are like no other. There is no pressure and the topics are not forced upon you. They are taught in a way that truly allows you to ask questions freely. I have always wanted to go to a church and feel like I am “at home”. I have done that and more! I truly feel more peaceful in my life being more connected to Our Father.
— Makayla Richter
Are You a Returning Catholic? Welcome Home!
No matter how long you have been away from the Church, you can always come home. Some returning Catholics will choose to participate in the RCIA process as a way to get reacquainted with Church teachings/practices and as a way to immerse themselves again in a parish community. We invite you to join our Tuesday evening sessions beginning in September and running through April. You will be surrounded by a loving and welcoming community willing to share their love of Christ and our beautiful Catholic faith.
Please contact Char Mies, RCIA Coordinator, with any questions.