Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults - RCIA

A process that seeks to provide suitable catechesis and liturgical rites, a familiarity with the Christian way of life and opportunities for apostolic work for those who have not been baptized and a means of ongoing conversion for those who are not Catholic but would like to continue their faith journey as Catholic Christians. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) was established by the Catholic Church after Vatican II. It is modeled after the catechumenate of the first centuries of the Church’s history. The RCIA process at St. Nicholas of Myra Parish usually begins in the fall with an informal series of sessions known as Inquiry Sessions. This time is intended to give people a chance to name their experience of God and to foster their understanding of faith and their relationship with Jesus Christ.  Those who choose to continue in the process eventually enter the catechumenate and begin the formal process of faith formation  in the form of weekly sessions that cover the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. On the First Sunday of Lent, those who are to be baptized at Easter celebrate the Rite of Election. Those  who  are baptized but wish to make a profession of faith and receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist celebrate their Call to Continuing Conversion. The process generally culminates with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil. Liturgy of the Word for Children Provide an understanding of the Sunday readings for the children of the parish by sharing the Word of God with them and engaging them in activities that are age-appropriate.

RCIA Inquiry Form