Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process of welcoming children of catechetical age (9-14) and adults into full membership in the Roman Catholic Church. The faith journey has a flexible entry date, followed by four stages, each culminating with a rite.
The period of inquiry, the pre-catechumenate is completed with the Rite of Acceptance. The catechumenate is a time of systematic catechesis which is completed by the celebration of the Rite of Election/Call to Full Communion on the first Sunday of Lent.
The Period of Enlightenment which coincides with the season of Lent is a time of intensive preparation for the celebration of the Initiation Sacraments at the Easter Vigil or during the Easter Season.
The fourth stage is the Mystagogia, a post-baptismal time of reflection and the continual integration of the gift of Faith into everyday life.
RCIA Sponsors are confirmed Catholics who model, for the inquirers, a Catholic lifestyle. They commit to attending weekly meetings and all the rites on Sunday with their inquirers. Presentations to the RCIA group are given by volunteer RCIA team members.
Volunteers for Adult RCIA are needed as Team Members, Sponsors and Catechists for dismissal. Contact the parish office at 403-282-9488.
RCIA Adults Brochure
For information on Sacramental requirements for RCIA, call the parish office at 403-282-9488.