“In the sacraments of Christian Initiation we are freed from the power of darkness and joined to Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. We receive the Spirit of filial adoption and are part of the entire people of God in the celebration of the memorial of the Lord’s death and resurrection.” (Christian Initiation, General Introduction, #1)
Adults and children of a catechetical age (about 7) are initiated into the Catholic Church according to the circumstances of their faith journey and the appropriate liturgical rites.
Parish leaders will find information below about celebrating the various rites.
RCIA (Rite of christian initiation of adults)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process by which adults and children of catechetical age are initiated into the Catholic Church.
Marked by a series of rites and phases of formation, the Christian initiation of adults and older children reaches its highpoint with the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
This gradual process takes place in the community of the faithful, and varies according to the pastoral needs of the individual.
Adults and older children who are already baptized but are uncatechized may complete their initiation by participating in some aspects of this process.