RCIA – The Right of Christian Initiation of Adults

How does one become Catholic?


What is RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process established for the universal Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.

Who can attend RCIA?

Persons baptized into another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic and persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation also welcome. This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal of faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church.


What is the purpose of RCIA?

Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church he founded, this journey takes place through distinct stages over a period of time suitable to bring about a thorough catechesis, significant experience of the parish community, and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of the Catholic faithful.


When did this process come into being?

The RCIA process is a restoration of the ancient catechumenate, arising within the first three centuries following the era of the apostles. It was the early Church’s way of Christianizing the pagan Roman Empire. The Second Vatican Council called for the restoration and use of this venerable and powerful method of initiation for the worldwide Church.

If you are interested in joining the Catholic Church or if you are already Catholic and would like to complete your Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) please contact Andrew in the parish office at 686-5084 ext 106, or you can send him an email at Andrew@ourladyofthevalley.net