Vatican Council II restored the RCIA process, the ancient practice of bringing adults into the Church, as the norm for unbaptized people to enter the Catholic Church.
The RCIA is a process through which non-baptized women and men (Catechumens) enter the Catholic Church. It is also the process used for unbaptized children, using materials at the child’s level.
Baptized adults from other faith traditions (Candidates) who may be looking for another church participate in this process as well, although it is tailored to their previous faith formation experiences and knowledge.
Both Catechumens and Candidates undergo a process of conversion as they move through the stages marked by study, prayer, reflection, on the Sunday readings, and the public rituals that mark movement from one stage to another.
Catechumens receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist and profess their faith in the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.
Candidates receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist and make a Profession of Faith at different times of the year, depending on their readiness.
For further information, call the Parish Office at 643-0160.