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RCIA - What is it?
RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is a process that assists people who desire to be fully initiated members of the Catholic Church. The process, often times referred to as a journey, is designed to meet people where they are at in their faith life, and bring them into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.The RCIA journey climaxes at the Easter Vigil, the Saturday evening before Easter Sunday. At the Easter Vigil, those on the journey are brought into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Along the road of the RCIA journey, those participating are introduced to the Catholic faith through teaching, scripture study, prayer and worship. Participants also build relationships with people in the faith community.
RCIA - Who's it for?
RCIA is for people who are:
Unbaptized -- OR --
Baptized in another Christian tradition -- OR --
Baptized Catholic but have not been Confirmed or received Eucharist and want to become fully-initiated Catholic Christians.
RCIA - When is it?
The RCIA journey begins at Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church in the fall. We begin with 'informational meetings' that are intended to answer basic questions from people who are inquiring about the Catholic faith.
The RCIA journey continues with with weekly sessions that meet from 9-10 am on Sunday mornings. These sessions continue until mid-January. In mid-January the Sunday sessions are expended to include the first part of Mass (Liturgy of the Word), and then some time to reflect on the scriptures for that Sunday.
The RCIA journey continues on through Lent and then to the Easter Vigil. The RCIA journey is brought to an end a few weeks after Easter Sunday.