RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, is the process by which all adult persons (18 years and older) may join the Catholic church by completing their Sacraments of Initiation:  Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.

RCIA follows the ancient practices of the Catholic Church and was restored by The Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare to become fully practicing Catholics.

During their time in RCIA, participants are introduced to the liturgy, teachings, and traditions of the Church through the pastoral guidance of our Pastor Alejandro del Bosque, Parochial Vicar Mauricio Lopez, Deacons Jack Karam and Sean Dooley, and the rest of the RCIA Team.

Generally, most individuals fall into two categories (but there are exceptions!):

1) Those who have never been baptized;  and
2) Those who have been baptized, and wish to make their Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.

The RCIA instruction begins in September and will end several weeks after Easter Sunday in the following calendar year.  The four categories covered over this period will be:

Inquiry : when individuals come and ask questions about God and the Catholic faith.
Catechumenate : intense study, prayer, and participation in the liturgy and faith.
Enlightenment and Purification : period of discernment during the Lenten season.
Mystagogia : review and discussion of the mysteries of God and the Church.

If you should have any questions about the RCIA Class, please feel free to contact either of the RCIA Team Co-Directors:

Paul Cassetta
rcia@saintmonicaconverse.net
210.343.9655 (cell)

Josie Rodriguez
210.988.3954