Also see: Fre­quently Asked Questions


RCIA-First-Step How to take the first step

Con­tact any Roman Catholic Church and ask to speak to the per­son in charge of those who wish to become Catholic. Either you will be given a name and phone num­ber and asked to call the per­son, or your name and phone num­ber will be taken and some­one will call you. Dur­ing the phone call with the RCIA Coor­di­na­tor (the per­son in charge of those who wish to become Catholic) your ques­tions will be answered and an appoint­ment time will be set up for you to meet face-to-face with the coor­di­na­tor. Also you will be given the times and dates for the RCIA sessions.


RCIA (or the Rite of Chris­t­ian Ini­ti­a­tion of Adults) con­sists of the fol­low­ing four stages:






This is also called Inquiry, and is a time for ques­tions and instruc­tion to the gospel val­ues and an oppor­tu­nity for the begin­nings of faith. The goal of this period is awak­en­ing faith.


This period lasts from 8 weeks to 3 years depend­ing on the needs of the individual.








The Cat­e­chu­me­nate

The Cat­e­chu­me­nate is a period of nur­tur­ing and con­tin­ued growth of faith. A large com­po­nent of this period is attend­ing mass and “break­ing open the word” by delv­ing deeper into the meaning(s) of the gospel in our lives today. The goal of this period is deep­en­ing ini­tial con­ver­sion and pass­ing on the Catholic tra­di­tion.
A period from 6 months to 3 years depend­ing on the needs of the individual.





Purifi­ca­tion and Enlight­en­ment

This step, which takes place dur­ing Lent, is a period of intense reflec­tion on our lives and our con­ver­sion.  A time of intense prayer and final prepa­ra­tion for the cel­e­bra­tion of the sacra­ments. The goal of this period is to elim­i­nate what is weak and affirm what is holy.
This period gen­er­ally con­sists of the 6 weeks of Lent, but may be changed to accom­mo­date indi­vid­ual needs.


Baptism Mys­t­a­gogy

This period fol­lows full ini­ti­a­tion into the church and is marked by full par­tic­i­pa­tion in the life of the church. It lasts until the end of life. We must con­tinue to learn and to grow in our faith, and we must con­tinue to be active.The goal of this period is deeper under­stand­ing of the paschal mys­tery through Eucharist, Gospel, min­istry and mis­sion.
Although this period lasts until the end of one’s life, it offi­cially lasts one year from the recep­tion of the Sacra­ments of Initiation.


Bright Lights1
Each of these four phrases is marked by dis­tinct litur­gi­cal cel­e­bra­tions which take place in the midst of the Church Assembly.




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