The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA is the way that the Catholic Church helps people prepare for life as an adult Catholic.
Do you have questions about the Catholic Faith and are not Catholic?
Are you a Christian who wants to learn more about Catholicism?
Has God been calling you to consider Catholic Christian faith?
Are you an adult Catholic who has never received First Holy Communion?
If you answer yes to any of these questions please join us. When you begin the process there is no obligation on your part. The first meetings are called inquiry and they are a chance for you to ask questions, receive the good news of Catholic Christian life and open the way for spiritual growth. Later on in the process you will be asked to participate in the Rite of Acceptance, for those who are ready may enter into a deeper relationship with the Church and begin their formal preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation within the Catechumenate. In the days leading up to the celebration of Easter the members of the Catechumenate enter into a period of intense preparation. Those who will be received into the Church are immersed in the Church’s prayers and love to prepare for fruitful reception of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion).
Please Note: You do not need to have decided to become Catholic to begin the first part of RCIA called Inquiry classes!
The RCIA is the process that prepares and initiates people into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion. The RCIA is the modern form of the “catechumenate” of the early days of the Church. Becoming Christian in the first five centuries involved a sharp break with the surrounding Roman culture. New Catholic Christians entered into a way of living which demanded deep commitment and often risked their lives to become Christian. In the modern world, our faith also demands deep commitment — our beliefs and the beliefs of our society are often in tension.
For more information please call the office at (707) 678-9424. We have meetings in both Spanish and English to meet your needs.