Becoming Catholic - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which non-baptized men and women enter the Catholic Church. RCIA is a faith journey lead by the Holy Spirit where participants undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism.
The three sacraments of Christian initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist - closely combine to bring us, the faithful of Christ, to our full stature and to enable us to carry out the mission of the entire people of God in the Church and in the world.
If a person has been baptized in another Christian tradition, the RCIA initiation process prepares you to enter full communion with the Catholic Church by celebrating the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist or Holy Communion.
Baptism - Baptism incorporates us into Christ and forms us into God’s people. This first sacrament pardons all our sins, rescues us from the power of darkness, and brings us to the dignity of adopted children, a new creation through water and the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation - Hence we are called and are indeed the children of God. By signing us with the gift of the Spirit, confirmation makes us more completely the image of the Lord and fills us with the Holy Spirit, so that we may bear witness to him before all the world and work to bring the Body of Christ to its fullness as soon as possible.
Eucharist (Holy Communion) - Finally, coming to the table of the Eucharist, we eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of Man so that we may have eternal life and show forth the unity of God’s people. By offering ourselves with Christ, we share in the universal sacrifice, that is, the entire community of the redeemed offered to God by their High Priest, and we pray for a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit, so that the whole human race may be brought into the unity of God’s family.
To learn more about RCIA in the Five Saints Catholic Community, Contact: Deacon Bill Black [email protected] 515-295-3435