RCIA

"Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'" ~John 8:12

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The Church welcomes you!

Catholic means "universal" which means everyone is welcome into the Church which exists to help people develop their relationship with God through the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Life is filled with invitations! Sometimes these can lead us to totally unexpected experiences. We offer you an invitation that can lead you to a life of peace, faith and hope.

What is RCIA?

  • A unique process of spiritual growth by which one hears the good news of salvation and draws nearer to God in Christ.
  • Welcomes people of other faiths to explore the Catholic Church and to grow with us in the knowledge of God
  • Stresses conversion of mind, heart and soul through a special period of preparation, accompanied by the celebration of liturgical rites.
  • Based on the process of making disciples in the early Church.
  • Involves and celebrates the mystery of Christ present in the whole parish community

RCIA Candidate Requirements

The Catholic Church designed the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) process for any adult or child over seven years of age who is:

  • Unbaptized and recognizes a need for spirituality in their life
  • Baptized and raised in another Christian tradition but interested in learning about the Catholic faith
  • Baptized in the Catholic faith or another Christian faith tradition, but never received any formal religious training
  • Baptized in the Catholic faith, but did not receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation

Contact our Religious Formation Office at lsteinmiller@ssppeaston.org if you feel this invitation may be intended for you. Our Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which one can answer God's invitation.

RCIA Process

FIRST PERIOD
INQUIRY OR PRE-CATECHUMENATE

“Come and See!” This is a time to share personal stories, hear the stories of the Catholic faith, ask your questions, be introduced into parish life, and foster initial conversion.

Celebration of the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens and the Rite of Welcoming Baptized Adults

SECOND PERIOD​
CATECHUMENATE

This period provides time to deepen faith/initial conversion within the living community through

  • Catechesis based on the Liturgy of the Word
  • The richness of the Catholic tradition
  • The life of the community
  • Prayer and worship
  • Introduction to the apostolic life

Celebration of the Rite of Election and of the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates Who Are Preparing for Confirmation and Eucharist or Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church.

THIRD PERIOD
PURIFICATION & ENLIGHTENMENT

The Elect (unbaptized) and Candidates (baptized) take time during this Lenten season for deeper prayer and reflection, a Lenten retreat day and final preparation for the celebration of the initiation sacraments.

Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Easter Vigil)and of the Rite of Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church.

FOURTH PERIOD
POST BAPTISMAL INSTRUCTION OR MYSTAGOGY

This period allows for the deepening of sacramental life with emphasis on Gospel, Eucharist, and Mission.