The RCIA is a communal process and involves a number of stages punctuated by liturgical rites to help and assist the potential convert toward the final rite at the Easter Vigil at which time they will become full members of the Roman Catholic Church. It was introduced as a result of the Second Vatican Council, where a return to the ancient practice of Christian initiation was viewed as the proper form for the modern world. Prior to this, Christian initiation had evolved from the ancient practice to the form of individual instruction with a priest. Although the private process has its merits, the Council wanted to reintroduce the community aspect of the initiation process, as well as liturgical and the other elements contained within the Rite.
The program is for: Individuals who have not been baptized; individuals baptized in another Christian tradition; adults who have been baptized Catholic but have not been confirmed or have not yet received First Communion; adults who have received the Sacraments of Initiation but have been away from the Catholic Church; anyone who wishes to share their faith and support to those who have expressed an interest in becoming members of the Catholic Church.
Our program is year-round and begins in September.