R.C.I.A. - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Journey of Faith Begins with your Questions
What is R.C.I.A?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is an extended period of catechesis (instruction in the faith) and spiritual formation in the Roman Catholic Church. Although it is primarily the process by which people become full members in the Roman Catholic Church, RCIA welcomes serious inquirers at all levels of knowledge, faith and intent. Ultimately, the process culminates in the reception of one (or more) of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
An Outline of the Stages of the RCIA Process
Period of Inquiry, or Pre-catechumenate (starts at the end of September)
Inquirers are invited to deepen their understanding of how God has been active in their lives, and begin to learn what the Catholic Church believes, teaches and proclaims to be revealed by God.
Rites of Acceptance and Welcome (mid-November)
Inquirers are recognized by the Church as genuinely seeking greater instruction and formation. Dismissals begin, where RCIA participants depart Sunday Mass after the homily to go study the Word of God together.
Period of the Catechumenate
The catechumens (non-baptized) and candidates (baptized) reflect more deeply on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His Church, and their personal journeys of faith.
Rite of Election (mid-February)
The catechumens are welcomed by the bishop and declared “elect” in the sight of the Church—as legitimately seeking baptism. Candidates are also blessed by the bishop.
Period of Purification and Enlightenment (Lent)
Those elected for Baptism together with the candidates deepen their prayer and examine their lives more closely as they prepare to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation.
Rites of Initiation (Easter)
The elect and candidates profess their faith and receive their Sacraments of Initiation at the Great Vigil of Easter, welcomed into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Period of Mystagogy
The newly initiated persons reflect further on the mystery of the Easter Sacraments and become more integrated into the community of the Church as faith-filled and active disciples of the Lord.
At St. Bartholomew, optional biweekly pre-RCIA meetings are offered from May through August on Wednesday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The formal RCIA process begins in late September and ends about a month after Easter. RCIA meets Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.
For more information about RCIA, please contact Andrew Allen at 952-473-6601 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCIA Inquiry Session Dates:
June 10, 24
July 8, 22
Aug. 5, 19
Director Children & Adult Faith Formation
Here's what some of the newest members of the Catholic Church have said about why they decided to enter the RCIA process:
- "I want to participate in Communion. I also want my children to have a solid Christian foundation"
- "I originally entered into the RCIA program only to learn more about Catholicism, but ended up embarking on a very personal spiritual journey that changed my life!"
- "I was curious about religion but resisted the call. The trigger for me was my children."
- "After marrying a Catholic, raising our children Catholic, and volunteering at the parish, my son asked me why I wasn't Catholic. I felt the Holy Spirit was leading me to take this journey in my spiritual life"
We have a wonderful team of people that helps participants through the program. It is interesting to note that the majority of RCIA team members are former RCIA catechumens and candidates. They are involved because they understand RCIA's importance to individuals. They also value the small community experience and, in turn, experience spiritual growth through their gift to others.
We meet on Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., in Room A21, lower level. For more information or to register for RCIA, contact the parish office at 952-473-6601or e-mail Andrew Allen. We look forward to journeying with you!