RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

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. This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church. The Rite speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey.” 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. 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 Vatical Council called for the restoration and use of this venerable and powerful method of initiation for the worldwide Church.

Who is RCIA for?

1. Person in need of Baptism

2. Persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desires to become Catholic

3. Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation

RCIA is a journey — of conversion to God and what He intends for us. RCIA is the process by which persons who were never baptized, or were baptized in another Christian tradition, become members of the Church, a people on pilgrimage to our Heavenly Father.

What to do?

Contact Valerie Ponce at (281) 499-4612, ext. 332 to schedule an interview.

When are classes held?

Every Sunday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., starting in September. Candidates will receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil mass.

For further information, please contact Valerie Ponce at (281) 499-4612, ext. 332 or valerie.ponce@holyfamilychurch.us.