The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process for initiation into the Catholic Church for those people (adults and children) who have not been baptized, have been baptized in a different Christian tradition, or who have been baptized Catholic and have not received the sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation.
- Are you an unbaptized person?
- Are you a baptized person of another faith denomination?
- Are you interested in learning about the Catholic Church?
- Are you a baptized Catholic wanting to complete your initiation sacraments (Holy Eucharist & Confirmation)?
RCIA is a process. RCIA is a process of loving, learning and initiation in which conversion of the heart brings one to Jesus Christ whom God has sent for the salvation of all.
RCIA’s success depends on US ALL! RCIA’s success depends on the total involvement and support ofevery parishioner of the St. John Fisher Community. Please know the candidates and welcome them into our parish in communion in faith.
RCIA is Christian tradition. RCIA has its roots in the earliest evangelization of the Church by the Apostles, nearly 2000 years ago. When we celebrate Pentecost, we rejoice in Jesus’ call to all of us to preach the “Good News” to all men and women.
“Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi, where are you staying?’ He said to them, “Come and you will see.” John 1:38-39
The RCIA process of initiation is suited to a spiritual Journey of Faith for adults and consists of four continuous periods.
1. Pre-Catechumenate, A Period of Inquiry
The period of “Evangelization and learning the basic precepts of the Catholic Church.“
2. Period of Catechumenate
Begins with the Rite of Acceptance. This is the period of formal weekly study and each candidate’s public expression of their intention to respond to God’s calling within the Catholic faith. Concludes with the Rite of Election in celebration with the Archbishop, traditionally held on the First Sunday of Lent.
3. Period of Purification and Enlightenment
Typically, coincides with the Lenten season and preparation for Easter. Concludes with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation). The sacraments are celebrated on Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday), marking the end to formal study.
4. Period of Mystagogy
The period between Easter and Pentecost when newly initiated “neophytes” are given the special opportunity to reflect on the commitment they made to the Lord, to the Church, and to the local parish community. This time of unfolding the meaning of the initiation sacraments is called “Mystagogy”. Special emphasis is placed on the meaning of the resurrection and of baptism, which have special meaning for all new Catholics.