Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

  • Have you ever wanted to experience an encounter with God?
  • Do you want to know more about the three distinct persons of God, who are more present to you than you are to yourself?
  • Do you know that you have a friend who has unconditional love for you, who will never abandon you, and who has laid down his life for you?

If you answer “yes” to any or all of these, you are invited to attend R.C.I.A.

Every year several people start the process of investigating the Catholic faith to discern if it is a good fit for their faith life. Some decide it is not for them as they go through the process, and that’s great, because they have made an informed decision. Others complete the process and have discovered a new way of living their faith relationship.

Who may participate in the RCIA?

  • Those who have never been baptized.
  • Those who have been baptized in another Christian denomination but would like to join the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Those who were baptized Catholic but have received little or no instruction and now wish to prepare for Eucharist and/or Confirmation.

We all have had times during our lives of doubts, fear and frustration. The RCIA is a time to examine our life in the light of faith, and decide whether this is the time to embrace the Catholic Church.

Phases of the RCIA

Phase One: Inquiry: What is the Catholic faith all about and am I called to embrace it? Inquiry sessions are year-round and culminate in October. We look forward to meeting you.

Phase Two: Catechumenate: during the months of October through the beginning of Lent, we study about and discuss living the Catholic faith.

Phase Three: Period of Enlightenment: during Lent we have an in-depth time of conversion and preparation.

Phase Four: Reception of the Sacraments of Initiation: during the Easter vigil, the sacraments of initiation are celebrated and our catechumens are received into the Church.

Phase Five: Mystagogy: after Easter, we discuss the ongoing living out of our Catholic faith through parish involvement.

Please accept this as a simple invitation for you to learn about this discernment process. It in no way commits you to this process. Regardless of your decision at this time, know that you are in our prayers.

How to get started.

Please contact Deacon John Payne at jpayne@dor.org… or call him directly at (585) 924-7111… or come join us for one of our Inquiry Sessions which are held each month.