Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

A Journey into the Catholic Faith

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For more information on Immaculate Conception's RCIA opportunity or to get registered for this year's class, contact

Missy Baumberger

886.4049 / adultff@icparishwatertown.org

RCIA classes at Immaculate Conception start in the Fall. Our first meeting this year will be held on

Thursday, September, 17th

6:30pm in the Church Hall

Who do you know that may be looking to know more about our Catholic Faith?

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, better known to some as RCIA, is a process where a team of trained leaders walk with and help form those seeking a deeper understanding and love of our Lord, Jesus Christ and His Church. This process is a combination of growing in knowledge through intellectual study, in prayer through spiritual formation, in charity through pastoral formation and in community and fellowship through human formation.

The RCIA program is for adults:

  • that are not currently Catholic but desire to learn more about the Catholic Faith to discern becoming a Baptized / Confirmed member of the faith family.

  • that are currently Catholic but have not yet been baptized or received the Sacraments of Confirmation or Communion.

The stages and process of RCIA includes:

  • Inquiry Stage – Prior to beginning the process of becoming a Christian, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. The Period of the Catechumenate can last for as long as several years or for a shorter time. It depends on how the person is growing in faith, what questions they encounter along the way, and how God leads them on this journey. During this time, the Catechumens consider what God is saying to them in the Scriptures, what changes in their life they need to make to respond to God's inspiration, and what Baptism in the Catholic Church means.

  • Rite of Election – The Rite of Election includes the enrollment of names of all the Catechumens seeking baptism at the coming Easter Vigil. Typically, on the first Sunday of Lent, the Catechumens, their sponsors and families gather at the cathedral church. The Catechumens publicly express their desire for baptism to the diocesan bishop. Their names are recorded in a book and they are called the Elect.

  • Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation – The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation takes place during the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday when the Elect receives the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Now the person is fully initiated into the Catholic Church.

  • Mystagogy – As a newly initiated Catholic, we will continue to support you in your journey of formation and education through a time called, Mystagogy. This period continues at least until Pentecost. During the period the newly baptized members reflect on their experiences at the Easter Vigil and continue to learn more about the Scriptures, the Sacraments, and the teachings of the Catholic Church. In addition we will reflect on how God is calling you to use your gifts to build up His Kingdom.