Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Apostolate Contact: Melanie Graves
What is RCIA?
RCIA stands for “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults”, and it is the process by which adults can enter the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion. Those who wish to become Catholic are received into the Church every year at the the Easter Vigil Mass.
Having said that, adults seeking just to learn about Catholicism are welcome to sit in on our classes, and those who participate in RCIA are not bound to go through the conversion process.
The RCIA process focuses heavily on catechesis, but also aims to incorporate activities that help participants better understand Roman Catholic liturgy, prayer, and customs. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about God and the Catholic faith.
When and where is RCIA?
Starting in September, classes are held in the St. Joseph Room of St. Mary’s Lyceum, unless otherwise stated on the schedule. Regular classes are on Monday nights, but certain events will be held on a Saturday or Sunday, such as our annual Basilica pilgrimage and Advent Social. Please see the RCIA schedule for more details.
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Do I have to start the RCIA process by a certain date?
There is no deadline per se. We strongly recommend beginning the process in early September but can accommodate different situations. The primary concern is ensuring you are ready and fully prepared.
For more questions, see our Frequently Asked Questions about RCIA.
Submit Sponsor Information
If you are an RCIA sponsor and need proof of eligibility please contact Melanie Graves for the appropriate paperwork.