Becoming Catholic - RCIA

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

What is RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process through which adults become full members of the Catholic Church. Full membership involves a formation process that culminates in the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. It involves a journey of faith and conversion.

During this journey each adult who is seeking to join our faith community is introduced to Sacred Scripture, the teachings of the Catholic Church, the Sacraments and the Liturgical life of the Church. They are also introduced to and invited to be involved in the apostolic works of the parish.

The RCIA takes place within the context of the parish community and, after a suitable period of formation, the process culminates in the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.

How does it work?

God calls you and you respond. Men and women at various stages of their faith journey come together in a welcoming, relaxing and collegial atmosphere to learn more about the Catholic Church.

The RCIA provides an environment for shared spiritual growth and a means to explore and ask questions about the Catholic Church within a faith community.

Who can join us on this journey?

The process of Christian Initiation is for adults who:

  • Want to learn more about the Catholic Church.
  • Are unbaptized and want to become a Catholic through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
  • Are baptized in another Christian faith tradition and want to join the Roman Catholic Church through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
  • Are baptized Catholic and want to complete their Sacraments of Initiation.
  • Attend Sunday Mass with a loved one or spouse and have questions about the Catholic Church.

One last detail…

If you hear God calling your name or you would like to learn more about the Catholic Church, please call Linda Doyle at 314-821-6165 or e-mail her at ldoyle@stpeterkirkwood.org to learn more about the RCIA process.

 

Prayer for the RCIA

O God, we thank you for planting the gift of faith in human hearts.
We thank you for sending Jesus, Your Son, as the fullness of your
love. May His life and mission lead us to share in your divine life.

Today, we ask you to bless in a special way all inquirers,
catechumens and candidates who have generously responded to the
invitation of Jesus: “Come follow me.” Help them to persevere in their
journey of faith despite any difficulties. Bless those who minister
through the RCIA process so that under the guidance of your Holy
Spirit, they may lead others to a life of faith in Jesus Christ. Grant
that all parishioners will take an active role in bringing new members
into the Church. Call us all to a renewal of our faith and inspire us to
be your light in the world. We ask this through your
Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Amen.