The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the Church's way of assisting individuals through their conversion to Catholic Christianity or to full initiation into the Catholic Church. The process includes attendance at Sunday liturgy, instruction in the teachings of the Church, participation in liturgical rites, reflection of the Scriptures, prayer and faith sharing.
Adults who have never been baptized, those individuals who were baptized Catholic as infants but have had little or no instruction in the faith and those baptized in other Christian traditions are all possible candidates for the RCIA process. Adults must attend Sunday liturgy each week followed by a weekly evening session. Movement through the process is marked by rituals, which celebrate the person's progress along their journey of faith. The length of time required to complete the process varies for each individual, but is usually a minimum of one year.
The R.C.I.A. process is facilitated by the Parish Pastoral Associate and parishioners serving as a support team. Team members may function in one or more roles with those entering upon this journey of faith: dismissal catechist, sponsor, prayer leader or core team member. Each of these ministries performs specific tasks within a spirit of community and are supported by the parish faith community.