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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

What is the RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which people become members of the Roman Catholic Church. The process is concerned with the total formation of the person into

  • Believing with the Church community (doctrinal formation)
  • Living with the Church community (practical formation)
  • Praying with the Church community (liturgical formation)
  • Serving with the Church community (apostolic formation)

This gradual development culminates in the celebration of the initiation sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.

Who may participate in the RCIA?

The Rite is designed primarily for those seeking Baptism; that is those not baptized previously. However, because of the nature of conversion as an ongoing reality, the RCIA can be adapted for those baptized in other Christian denominations, now seeking membership in the Roman Catholic Church. At Corpus Christi Parish, adults baptized in the Catholic faith but not confirmed are also welcomed through the RCIA process.

What are the basic principles of the RCIA?

The principles deduced from the early Church initiation practice, are the basic guidelines from which the RCIA has been created.

  • The core reality of Christian initiation is conversion.
  • The gradual movement towards Christian initiation is a
    process and not a program.
  • A close relationship exists between catechesis and liturgy
  • The initiation of new members is the concern and
    responsibility of the entire community.
  • The primary subject of the process is the adult.
  • The Word of God is central to the formation process.
  • The truths of the Christian faith are unfolded through the
    experience of the Church’s dominant symbols.

For additional information, please call Deacon Tom Thiltgen at 630-690-4357 or e-mail ccdeacon@sbcglobal.net