Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
Rite of Christian Initiation
Life is a journey that continually searches for meaning. The human heart hungers for relationships that nurture one’s maturity and ability to love and to be loved. Often as one seeks to fulfill these very human yearnings, the realisation that something is missing from life is made. As one reflects upon this void, it is not unusual to discover that this something is God. This awakening may lead to a turning point in one’s life to commit to a relationship with God and seek out a worshiping community to guide one’s journey in faith.
What is the RCIA?
The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a preparation through which non-baptised men and women enter the Catholic Faith. (It is also for those baptised in a different faith tradition who wish to become Catholic, or baptised Catholic, but never confirmed) It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites during Mass.
Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism.
To discuss the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in greater detail please contact Sr. Mary Byrne (01) 811 9430