Thinking about becoming Catholic?
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a process within the Catholic Church for those wishing to become Catholic, as well as those who who have been already baptized Catholic but are lacking all of their sacraments of initiation.
RCIA can be a months-long process, or longer depending on one's readiness. Generally, entrance into the Catholic faith is held at the yearly Easter Vigil (Saturday evening before Easter Sunday), a beautiful liturgy that is the first celebration of Christ's resurrection.
The RCIA process is a true journey of faith within
our Catholic community, marked by four distinct periods of preparation:
1. Inquiry (September-November) allows one to delve into specifics about the Catholic Church, its practices and traditions. You will learn how Christ is fully present to us in his Church.
2. During the period of Growth (December-January), you will have time to grow in your faith and knowledge through an exploration of the teachings of Jesus and his sacraments. At the end of this period, if one wishes to continue the journey toward Easter, you will be formally accepted by the bishop of the diocese through the Rite of Election (Call to Continuing Conversion). For those who are not yet ready and/or would like to continue learning more, they are welcome to still attend the sessions.
3. As we enter the season of Lent, this becomes a time for further preparation,, purification and enlightenment. The now-Elect use this time for greater introspection and spiritual growth leading up to the reception of the sacraments of baptism (if needed), confirmation and Holy Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
4. Mystagogy is the time post-Easter that is a continuation of formation in the Catholic faith, which is the work of a lifetime. As your faith journey continues, you will be encouraged to become active participants in the faith and your parish.
Still interested in exploring the Catholic faith? You are welcome! Here's what to do next...
Contact one of our three parishes (Ss. Peter and Paul at 219 980-2693; St. Andrew the Apostle at (219) 769-8534; St. Joan of Arc at (219) 769-1973). One of our RCIA coordinators will call you back to provide further information and answer any of your questions.