RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation OF Adults)
Are you interested in becoming Catholic?
Persons who are unbaptized adults, those baptized in other religions, and those baptized Catholic but not raised in the faith will participate in R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). This process will prepare them to be welcomed into the Catholic Church and receive the Sacraments of Baptism and/or First Communion and Confirmation. 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.
Catehcumen - Persons who are unbaptized.
Candidate - Persons baptized in other Christian denominations, and whose baptism is recognized as valid.
Adults who have celebrated Baptism and received First Communion in the Catholic Church, but have not yet been confirmed may participate in the Adult Confirmation Process.
Why be Confirmed?
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Confirmation represents (1) the full initiation of the recipient into the Catholic Church, (2) the strengthening of the work of the Holy Spirit which began at Baptism, (3) a personal decision of the recipient to commit to follow Christ and the precepts of the Catholic Church, and (4) to make a commitment to serve the parish and greater Church.
In the Sacrament of Confirmation God clothes a baptized disciple “with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). Confirmation fulfills and seals the graces of Baptism. It unites us more firmly to Christ. It empowers us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, so that we can live life to the full as a courageous and faithful follower of Jesus Christ. It gives us the strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ. It is a new horizon on the life-long journey toward holiness and the ultimate goal of heaven.
R.C.I.A. and Adult Confirmation Registration
***If you are baptized, whether in a different faith or as a Catholic, you will need to provide your Baptismal Certificate to the parish office. Thank you!