Meet Fr. RJ, our RCIA instructor! In this video, Fr. RJ will introduce himself and explain the RCIA process. Please email Fr. RJ at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Period of Inquiry, or Pre-catechumenate 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.
Feel free to contact Fr. RJ to discuss your particular concern or situation. There will be no obligation or pressure and your confidentiality will be respected. RCIA is a process that encourages discernment. We will respect the conscience and decision of every inquirer if he or she decides not to continue the process at any point.