RCIA is a process designed for individuals who are considering joining the Catholic Church. Adults who have not been baptized and those who have been baptized in other Christian denominations are invited to explore the Catholic faith through a process of study, reflection, worship, and service. The Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) are usually celebrated at the Easter Vigil.
If you are interested in knowing more about the Catholic Church and possibly becoming Catholic, you are invited to be part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This is the Catholic Church's means of welcoming new members.
Candidates and Catechumens
A Candidate is one who has been baptized in another denomination and is preparing for Reception into Full Communion with the Catholic Church.
A Catechumen is one who has never been baptized and is preparing for full initiation through the celebration of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.