Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA is the process by which an adult is initiated into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion. Through this process the adult is formed in the Christian faith, with the local parish community serving as both catechists and models, culminating in official reception into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass.

This series of classes is how non-Catholics, either never baptized or previously following another Christian faith tradition, can become a participating member of Christ’s Church.

When referring to the RCIA process the word “rite” represents the liturgical ceremonies that are celebrated in the presence of the worshipping assembly, these rites marking the beginning of each stage of the RCIA process. “Catechesis” means “instruction in the Catholic Faith.” “Catechist” means “a person, either from the clergy, religious, or a lay person, who instructs others in the Catholic Faith.”

At Saint Edward RCIA classes are offered annually beginning in the fall. If you are curious about the Catholic faith, the Catholic Church, its ancient and beautiful history, or have questions please come join us! All are welcome!

For more information please contact the church office at 541-258-5333