What is the RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the Church’s ritual process for calling adults to a conversion of mind and heart and preparing them for a full and active life in the church as disciples of Jesus.

Who is the RCIA for?

·         Primarily for those who are unbaptized and preparing for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

·         Adapted for children seven years and older who have not been baptized and are preparing for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

·         Also adapted for those who have been baptized in another faith tradition and want to come into communion with the Catholic Church by making a profession of faith and celebrating the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

·         The RCIA is not a program or a class, but a process or journey of initiation and it consists of four periods and each period is bridged with the celebration of a liturgical rite in Church.  At the heart of this process is conversion – not just turning around one’s intellect, but one’s entire being to Jesus Christ. This journey is not done alone, but with the company of a sponsor and the St. Rita Community.

Periods of the RCIA

How can I found out more?

Barbara Stanton, Faith Formation Director, 503-252-3403 x.104 or for more information and an appointment.