Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults includes prayer, study, discussion, spiritual preparation and the actual reception of the Sacraments by which one enters the Church.

The RCIA process always includes interaction with others – official representatives of the Church (at the liturgical ceremonies), those who are responsible for teaching, a sponsor, and others who are in the process of becoming Catholic.

Most every Catholic parish offers the RCIA, but the way in which the preparation is organized varies.

At our parish, the instruction and prayer are done in the context of several Tuesday evening programs called Encountering Jesus and the Main Event.  In addition to the Tuesday evening sessions, there would also be a limited number of other special events for RCIA participants. And those involved in this process are always encouraged to take advantage of other events offered in the life of our parish.

The Ceremonies
In the course of the RCIA process, those preparing to enter the Church are recognized and blessed in several ceremonies, both at the parish and in a large group with other RCIA participants from throughout the diocese. These typically take place on the First Sunday of Advent (around the beginning of December) and the First Sunday of Lent (around early spring). The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults culminates with the reception of the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil. The Easter Vigil is the solemn celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection that takes place on Holy Saturday night (the eve of Easter Sunday); it is the most important liturgy of the year. The celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation is an integral part of this liturgy.

  • Those who have never been baptized receive the Sacrament of Baptism, the Sacrament of Confirmation and Holy Communion for the first time.
  • Those who have been validly baptized in another Christian denomination make a Profession of Faith (affirming acceptance of the Catholic Faith), and then receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion.

Since this is the Cathedral Parish, Bishop Hying celebrates the Easter Vigil with us, and personally administers the Sacraments to those entering the Church. This is a special privilege that we enjoy.