The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process through which the Church reaches out and welcomes baptized and non-baptized adults into the Catholic Church.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are introduced to the Catholic faith and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The RCIA process consists of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment and formation. Weekly focus sessions, attendance at Sunday Mass, “Breaking Open the Word” discussion groups, and involvement in parish activities help participants prepare to receive the sacraments and full initiation into the church.
There are four phases in the RCIA. process:
- Inquiry: Individuals (Inquirers) join in informal group discussions about the faith and the teachings of the church.
- Catechumenate: Candidates for reception into the church learn and develop an understanding of Church teachings and the mystery of salvation.
- Purification and Enlightenment: During the Lenten period the focus is personal reflection on religious experience and faith.
- Mystagogy: This final period of initiation, the newly initiated experience being part of the Christian community.