Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

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. Those who wish to become Catholic are received into the Church every year at the the Easter Vigil Mass. The RCIA process focuses heavily on catechesis, but also aims to incorporate activities that help participants better understand Catholic liturgy, prayer, and customs. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about God and the Catholic faith.

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When and where is RCIA?

When: Mondays from 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Where: St. Mary’s Lyceum, 313 Duke Street, Alexandria VA 22314

Our first day of RCIA this year is September 11th. Please see our schedule for an overview of the entire program.

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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 we 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sponsor Information

If you are an RCIA sponsor and need proof of eligibility, please contact the Director of Religious Education, Melanie Graves, for the appropriate paperwork.

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